February 15th, 2012
01:16 PM ET

FIRST ON CNN: U.S. law enforcement bulletin on al Qaeda merger

By Carol Cratty

The merger of the Al-Shabaab terrorist group with al Qaeda could "diminish support" for Al-Shabaab within the American Somali community, but it does raise concerns it could further radicalize those sympathetic to al-Shabaab's cause, according to law enforcement officials.

An intelligence bulletin, which was obtained by CNN, was issued by the FBI and Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday. It says the Somali community in the United States "likely will perceive increasing influence from an outside terrorist organization in Somalia as an impediment to stability there."

The document says the merger could "undermine" efforts by Al-Shabaab supporters in the U.S. stating some have "previously claimed ignorance of al-Shabaab's designation as a foreign terrorist organization in court proceedings or otherwise indicated that they supported al-Shabaab primarily for nationalistic reasons.

"Law enforcement officials do say the merger could "increase al Shabaab's appeal to homegrown violent extremists –including some ethnic Somalis - particularly those who are consumers of [al Qaeda] propaganda."

The bulletin, which is sent to state and local law enforcement partners, notes messages appeared on Internet media forums last week in which an Al-Shabaab leader pledged loyalty to al Qaeda. That was followed by a video from al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri welcoming the group.

The two terrorist groups had less formal links before the announcements.

U.S. officials said there is no indication the merger announcement is related to any possible plotting against the United States. However, the bulletin says the merger "could rally some already radicalized individuals to travel to Somalia to join al-Shabaab or, over the longer term, to adopt al-Qa'ida's focus on anti-Western plotting."In the document, federal officials urge state and local law enforcement to be on the watch for any suspicious activity.

The bulletin, which is sent to state and local law enforcement partners, notes messages appeared on Internet media forums last week in which an Al-Shabaab leader pledged loyalty to al Qaeda. That was followed by a video from al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri welcoming the group. The two terrorist groups had less formal links before the announcements.

U.S. officials said there is no indication the merger announcement is related to any possible plotting against the United States. However, the bulletin says " the merger could rally some already radicalized individuals to travel to Somalia to join al-Shabaab or, over the longer term, to adopt al-Qa'ida's focus on anti-Western plotting."

In the document federal officials urge state and local law enforcement to be on the watch for any suspicious activity.

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  2. Clinton

    Well....... if it isn't the 'FF' twins.

    'Fat Fuck' & 'Face Lift'.

    Praise Jesus!

    February 16, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Reply
  3. Let the Drone Wars Begin

    Boy, and there I was, deeply worried that we were running out of drone targets. We need more drone factories. Please tell me that China is not building our drones?

    February 16, 2012 at 6:30 am | Reply
    • steve

      Now that Iran has a drone they will just sell it to other nations for reverse engineering and mass production so your drones can get droned too! Military bases as well! tehhe

      February 16, 2012 at 6:32 am | Reply
  4. .

    Did the SEC approve this merger?

    February 16, 2012 at 6:29 am | Reply
  5. spazzo

    what US" thinks or what US people think? Most people know its a fake group created by a mossad run govt of jewSA and is a complete and utter bs. just because people don't say it publicly doesn't mean they don't know. keep that in mind

    February 16, 2012 at 6:29 am | Reply
    • .

      spazzo is a good name for you.

      February 16, 2012 at 6:30 am | Reply
    • derka derka

      For real your a spaz. Obviously your having an issue taking information and formulating a general picture. Please step away from having an opinion....

      February 16, 2012 at 6:52 am | Reply
  6. fearmonger

    How about a sand merger? lob a small tactical nuke and merge them all with the sand!

    February 16, 2012 at 5:23 am | Reply
    • .

      Your name should be "spazzo", too.

      February 16, 2012 at 6:31 am | Reply
  7. mark

    yay, who cares, let the religious oppressor caveman merge. more targets for the drones, no reason to let perfectly good missiles expire, when they can be taking out the trash

    February 16, 2012 at 5:12 am | Reply
    • .

      Yes. Get rid of the religious opressor cave men - and make way for automatons - like you.

      February 16, 2012 at 6:32 am | Reply
  8. tonyvaughn

    Could adapt-key words... Are we on CNN? go figure! scare the people into agreeing.......

    February 16, 2012 at 5:09 am | Reply
    • derka derka

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      February 16, 2012 at 6:53 am | Reply
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    February 16, 2012 at 3:54 am | Reply
  10. TastefullyNasty

    Why is the last paragraph listed in duplicate? Is it for emphasis?

    February 16, 2012 at 3:07 am | Reply
    • mark

      they're just testing to see if you read the whole thing...good job.

      February 16, 2012 at 5:03 am | Reply
    • derka derka

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      February 16, 2012 at 6:53 am | Reply
  11. Richard

    If al Queda were smart, they would focus on Russia and China as the new and real enemy of Islam, not the West, Israel nor the US......

    February 16, 2012 at 2:34 am | Reply
    • derka derka

      ?! You must be a Fox news follower, you realize this makes sense that China and Russia want America to stay out for security reasons. You to remember Iraq don't you?......not holding my breath here...

      February 16, 2012 at 6:55 am | Reply
      • derka derka

        do* ;)~

        February 16, 2012 at 6:55 am |
    • Beelzabubba

      Oh, there's nothing new about Russia's enmity towards the Muslim world.

      February 16, 2012 at 9:51 am | Reply
  12. mmi16

    I guess stock in Al Queada dropped a point in yesterdays merger announcement. Al Q. is leaderless without binLaden and is looking for a port in the storm...bad port throwing in with Pirates.

    February 16, 2012 at 12:25 am | Reply
  13. Darryn Cooke

    Doesn't the SEC have to approve all mergers this large?

    February 16, 2012 at 12:20 am | Reply
  14. J. Edgar Homo

    But what I want to know is just who are those two ugly cunts?

    February 16, 2012 at 12:11 am | Reply
    • toadears

      the one on the left is your MOM, dolt

      February 16, 2012 at 1:25 am | Reply
      • J. Edgar Homo

        Nah, can't be.

        Too sexy.

        February 16, 2012 at 2:29 am |
    • mark

      well coming from a homo, i could see why you'd have a problem with the two ladies.

      February 16, 2012 at 5:06 am | Reply
      • J. Edgar Homo

        I'm partial to women named Clyde.

        February 16, 2012 at 9:53 am |
  15. Bob

    So why do we still let Somalis immigrate to the U.S. no questions asked? Minneapolis is flooded with them.

    February 16, 2012 at 12:09 am | Reply
    • J. Edgar Homo

      Don't like it?

      Then leave.

      February 16, 2012 at 12:12 am | Reply
  16. Bart Fargo

    I think it's wonderful, and I wish them well.

    February 15, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Reply
  17. J Taylor

    Now that Al-Qaeda is basically yesterday's news, they are merging with the only real player on the map. The little fish in the big pond is muscling its way into becoming the big fish in a little pond. Sounds like AQ is throwing in the white flag and using whatever credibility it still has to butt into someone else's fight and hope to remain relevant.

    February 15, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Reply
  18. goodegyptian

    didnt know al qaeda bought our stocks today.

    February 15, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Reply
  19. Emigdio Alvarez

    2 groups now 1. now the drones pilots will have a field day.

    February 15, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Reply
  20. yep

    This will never pass anti-trust scrutiny!

    February 15, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Reply
  21. ghostclown

    Did the CIA authorize this merger?

    February 15, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Reply
    • Beelzabubba

      They probably brokered it.

      February 16, 2012 at 12:13 am | Reply
  22. tat

    Wow a merger, the stock market will be up tomorrow.

    February 15, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Reply
  23. mickey1313

    I got news for ya all, The cia created al-quada. In arabic it means "the base" as in the database that the cia kept/keeps on islamic agents. During the war against russia the cia funded, trained, and armed them 100%. They are a cia group and the government has kept them close for decaides. All of the "evidance" that the cia does not control them is false circumstantial, or both.

    February 15, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Reply
    • Darknessfalling

      We also never went to the moon..
      The sinking of the Titanic was a government conspiricy..
      The earth is coming to a end in less than a year and the government knows it...

      Yes, I am lieing about all of that, but hey, Mickey1313 started it.

      February 15, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Reply
      • GMAN

        Thank you.

        February 15, 2012 at 10:22 pm |
      • Beelzabubba

        Hey, Mickey! Don't you know that it was the Jews who sunk the Titanic?

        And yes, I'm being facetious.

        February 16, 2012 at 12:01 am |
    • Steve

      Actually Al Quada was created as the new enemy. The Soviet Union fell apart, Russia was not a viable treat and China would not bite on the bait. The Industrial-Military complex needed an enemy so the American Public can be scared into forking over all the tax money for arms and the big pay for generals. Who are we going to fight if an enemy doesn;t show up. That would screw up the program. Yes Reagan put Bin Laden into "business" against the Soviets that created the conditions in Afghanistan. We also should note that lots of Saudi oil money (American money) used to build up the enenmy that killed lots of Americans.

      February 15, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Reply
    • Terr-rists r bad mmkkay

      Al Shabab is arabic for represser of desire for man-boy love. Seriously, we should adopt these names as euphimisms for the lowest and sickest society has to offer, at least then theirs names would fit the sh*tstain they are upon the earth.

      February 15, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Reply
    • clearfog

      A Jew did sink the Titanic. A. Iceberg.

      February 16, 2012 at 2:01 am | Reply
      • Beelzabubba

        *groan*

        February 16, 2012 at 2:31 am |
  24. Central one

    All of you anti obama bush loving idiots need to take a look at our country before and after bush all we got from him was an outragous deficit and all you rights pretty much stripped from you so next time you celebrate how wonderful g.w was think about a little law called the patriot act.

    February 15, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Reply
    • mickey1313

      also, before bush= largest national surplus in national history. After bush (if you include the wars he kept off the financial books) the largest deficet in history. And then all of the racest redneck republicans blame obama for putting bushs dirty wars on the books and racking up our (publicly known) debt. But ask yourself, where s the proof. Also it is funny that every single nation in europe still owes the US for saveing there collective butts from ww2, which we could have ended without any boot in europe (can you say nuke nuke nuke them all. But we didnt, we saved europe from extinction and they never paied there tab.

      February 15, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Reply
      • GMAN

        Surplus?? Your high. It was a projected surplus just as Obama figures we'll save billions from winding down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. How are we going to save the money, we borrowd it and need it repaid.

        February 15, 2012 at 10:16 pm |
      • GMAN

        Also mickey, we didn't have nukes til 1945, WW2 started in 1939, we entered in 1941. How would we have nuked them??

        February 15, 2012 at 10:21 pm |
      • Mickey's Mother

        Micky, how many times do I need to remind you! Take your medicine!

        February 15, 2012 at 10:42 pm |
      • sf

        The war in Iraq costed $212 billions. It could not have changed much to a debt of over $90 trillions. Also most of this money has been either soldier salaries which were spent by their families in the US or contracts with US high tech companies.

        February 15, 2012 at 11:34 pm |
      • 2 + 212 billion = 90 trillion

        The nice thing about this site is that you can state any figures as if they were facts.
        the Iraq war cost 212 billion?? And our debt is at 90 trillion??

        February 16, 2012 at 5:34 am |
    • GMAN

      What rights have I had stripped from me. I smoke pot, the congress sucks and Obama is a molester. I guess free speach is still working.

      February 15, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Reply
      • Terr-rists r bad mmkkay

        Its ok, you're free to come out the closet too. Stop repressing it, its OK Gman, you're free, its liberating, express yourself, you go girl!

        February 15, 2012 at 10:50 pm |
  25. studdmuffins

    That marriage won't last because of internal power struggles. One leading nutcase won't want to cede power to the other nutcase.

    February 15, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Reply
  26. Meki60

    Obama is a charlatan, nothing will happen

    February 15, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Reply
    • ImperialRex

      What is this? Famous last words from Osama Bin Laden.

      February 16, 2012 at 2:50 am | Reply
  27. Tyler

    Of course. It is what the US thinks not what the people of the US think. Doesn't really matter what we think. The powers to be have acted like they listened but in the end they do what they think is best for them to get elected another term. Bought and paid for.

    February 15, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Reply
  28. brother in america

    i hope america you're not waiting on obama puppet ass to truly do something about the situation. he was placed in office, obama aint shit. i as brother in america i give more respect to bush. say what you want about bush but theres two things that every brother will admit about bush. (as the brothers put it george was gangsta) first of all when he got into office he took care of where he came from, the oil companies made ridiculous pofits during the whole time he was in office. he let the american public know if you arent proactive in politics the public as a whole the elected officials will fuck shit up for their own greedy reasons. it is a fact after bush the people became more vocal on politics thanxs bush.

    February 15, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Reply
    • Lamar Freiding

      I understand that in the African American community people almost always have preferences for people in the Democratic Party. What are your experiences in having a minority viewpoint within the black community?

      February 15, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Reply
    • Common Sense

      First of all, maybe you should learn how to use the english language and grammar before you espouse the foolishness you just stated. Secondly, there isn't a politician in office who doesn't take care of those who assisted them in getting elected. Third, too this day from the first time President Bush was elected that the essentially stole with the blessing of the U.S. Supreme Court, he was an idiot, albeit a fairly talented one. Lastly no matter how distasteful I believe Bush was I respect him as our former president. I also wouldn't second guess President Obama's resolve on dealing with the terrorist threat within or outside of the U.S. There is a whole list of individual's who are no longer walking this Earth because of the decision's he's made and the talented and well trained military and intelligence personnel that are taking the fight to them and not allowing it to come to our shores.

      February 15, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Reply
      • Beelzabubba

        The hypocrisy of your first sentence is stunning, given your own woeful inability to use proper grammar.

        February 16, 2012 at 12:07 am |
  29. Make Peace Not War

    No such thing.

    All of it a bluff.
    Mirrors . . . and plenty of them.
    Traitors in the White House.
    Congress, too.
    Charitable endeavors are suspect.
    A sinister plan unfolding.
    Yikes!
    Education led astray.
    For whom?
    Dirty, evil, selfishness.
    Cattle.
    Manipulation to the 5th degree.
    Why?
    Apathy runs long around swift curves.
    Always lying, always lying.
    War for us.
    Stop pulling our chains.
    Payback is coming.
    It's neither here nor there.
    Look at my thumb . . . gee you're dumb!

    February 15, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Reply
  30. mipolitic

    nothing like chasing little small pocket of bad guys and ignor the real threat of iran . obama is either very worried about the re-election or does not have the backbone to face iran nuke threats.

    February 15, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Reply
    • Voice of Reason

      Or maybe it's just that it's a slow news day

      February 15, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Reply
    • fencestiiter

      Myoptic...

      Obama has done more to but pressure on Iran than Bush did in 8 years. Blocking Iran central bank,
      shipping companies can not longer get insurance on carry Iranian oil.

      but I thinks you wanna war, have any children to serve up?

      February 15, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Reply
    • Terr-rists r bad mmkkay

      It just hurts you right wingers so bad that Obama has a bigger pair in addition to a bigger IQ then Dubya ever did. I mean its what you've completely based your entire criticisms of the left on for decades and now you can't and it just gets in your craw so bad you're in total denial. I lived in the South and my god, if you leaned left, boy, you must be some sort of a f*g. Now you just can't get over that this pinko has teeth and just knocked you on your ass. Crawl your little bully pansy ass off the playground and go back under the rock from which you crawled.

      February 15, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Reply
      • Beelzabubba

        Intelligence = "elitism".

        So sayeth the chickenhawk Sanctimonium.

        February 16, 2012 at 12:04 am |

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