al-Shabaab Associates Itself With Al-Qaeda
Originally formed to fight the Somali government, al-Shabaab, according to FBI Director Robert Mueller, may be looking to expand its’ base of operations to include the United States. The concern involves U.S. citizens that may have travelled to Somalia for training, and who will have no restrictions to returning back home.
Now that Al-Qaeda type attacks are occurring in Somalia, it is felt that al-Shabaab may be a full affiliate of the terror organization. It is the threat of a home grown terror base that is the most alarming as this will be the hardest to control.
With Al-Qaeda and the Taliban becoming more aggressive is this the time for the United States to pull back and give them free reign?
Some Of The Intelligence
(Fox News) A U.S. counterterrorism official told FOX News that al-Shabaab has exploded since 2006, and it is becoming a full-fledged Al Qaeda affiliate, similar to Al Qaeda in Iraq. Initially the group’s militias fought against the Somali government and Ethopian forces who are against an Islamic state in East Africa, the official said, but now the group’s focus is turning toward the establishment of a “caliphate” or broad Islamic state not limited to Africa.
In fact, in an exclusive briefing on Thursday, a U.S. counterterrorism official told FOX News that al-Shabaab’s leadership is bona fide Al Qaeda. In many cases, the operatives who guide the group in East Africa have pledged allegiance to Usama Bin Laden in person, and in some cases the Al Qaeda leader has entrusted them with missions outside of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, according to the official.
Training camps are now well-established in Somalia, and as many as 1,100 foreign fighters have joined the al-Shabaab movement, the president of Somalia’s transitional government told a crowd gathered at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington on Wednesday.