Analysis: What U.S. learned from listening in on terror group calls
June 19th, 2013
05:20 PM ET

Analysis: What U.S. learned from listening in on terror group calls

By Peter Bergen and David Sterman

Editor's note: Peter Bergen is CNN's national security analyst and a director at the New America Foundation. David Sterman is a graduate student at Georgetown University's National Security Studies Program.

(CNN) - Sometime in late 2007, Basaaly Saeed Moalin, a cabdriver living in San Diego, began to have a series of phone conversations with Aden Hashi Ayrow, one of the leaders of Al-Shabaab, a notorious Somali terrorist group.

Moalin had no idea the National Security Agency was listening in.

In one of those phone calls Ayrow urged Moalin to send money to Al-Shabaab, telling him that he urgently needed several thousand dollars.

At one point Ayrow told Moalin that it was "time to finance the jihad" and at another, "You are running late with the stuff. Send some and something will happen."

Filed under: Intelligence • Terrorism
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    January 6, 2021 at 1:30 am | Reply
  2. Skorpio

    Unless there is A MASSIVE CONVERSION OF MUSLIMS TO CHRISTIANITY, global Islamic madness and violence will never end. Islam is the ONLY COMMON LINK among thousands of terrorist attacks around the world and prophet Mohammed's highly immoral, cruel, discriminatory and merciless conduct is the role model for millions of brainless Muslims.

    June 22, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Reply
  3. Eddie

    They learned how many times I went to the bathroom, what food I ate, what home repairs were made, and whether or not my gas tank was full. This has to be an incredible waste of time and money. My name is not mohammad there is your first clue.

    June 20, 2013 at 12:12 am | Reply
  4. George Patton-2

    they learned how many Mohammads are living in the US.

    June 19, 2013 at 7:46 pm | Reply
    • ?

      hell everybody knows they are listening, before i stopped drinking i used to get hammered and throw them advice on google, but more than anything i think i torment the ___ out of them on cnn – land of the free.......

      June 19, 2013 at 8:18 pm | Reply
      • ?

        my bad general this wasn't at you, i always forget to refresh the page after hitting reply – but anyways your mindset is helping make this a war that will last a century (just like petraeus said)

        June 19, 2013 at 8:21 pm |
    • Pete

      @GeorgePatton,what about those boot licking massouds,the real Americans here,ha ha!!

      June 21, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Reply

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