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August 10, 2012 0

Kenyan Al Qaeda Supporters’ Magazine Takes On Jews And Obama

A pre­dom­i­nantly Swahili-language online ter­ror­ist mag­a­zine, appar­ently writ­ten by Kenyan sup­port­ers of the Somali-based Al Qaeda affil­i­ate Al Shabaab, fea­tures English-language arti­cles that describe Jews as “the worst enemy of Islam,” as well as a “Wanted Dead or Alive” poster of Pres­i­dent Barak Obama.

Screen­shot from Gaidi Mtaani article

The mag­a­zine, titled Gaidi Mtaani, roughly trans­lated as “Ter­ror­ism Street,” is replete with the graph­ics and lay­out rem­i­nis­cent of Al Qaeda in the Ara­bian Penin­sula’s English-language ter­ror­ist mag­a­zine, Inspire. Two issues have been released since April 2012.

The Eng­lish arti­cles repeat­edly describe Kenya’s mil­i­tary incur­sion into Soma­lia to com­bat Al Shabaab as “a clear man­i­fes­ta­tion of hatred of Mus­lims” and part of “America’s global war on Islam.”  The mag­a­zine claims the objec­tive of this Amer­i­can proxy war is to “Crush Islam or Islamic Renaissance.”

The mag­a­zine casts “the Zion­ist with their Amer­i­can part­ners” as the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the “cru­sade” in Soma­lia and crit­i­cizes the Kenyan pres­i­dent for trav­el­ing to Israel to secure Israeli coop­er­a­tion for coun­tert­er­ror­ism efforts.  Although the Eng­lish arti­cles do not directly threaten Israeli or Jews, Israeli inter­ests had pre­vi­ously been tar­geted by Al Qaeda in Kenya, includ­ing an attempt to shoot down an Israeli air­liner and an attack on an Israeli-owned resort in 2002.

The authors warn that they will not “dif­fer­en­ti­ate between civil­ians and com­bat­ants” and call on Kenya’s cit­i­zens to “reflect on the mag­ni­tude of what is yet to come,” cit­ing the 1998 bomb­ing of the U.S. embassy in Kenya that killed over 200 people.

Al Shabaab and its sup­port­ers have been blamed for repeated grenade and gun attacks in Kenya since Kenya began mil­i­tary oper­a­tions in Soma­lia last October.

The Mus­lim Youth Cen­ter, a Kenyan orga­ni­za­tion sup­port­ive of Al Shabaab, has pro­moted the mag­a­zine via its Twit­ter account and blog, which was taken down shortly after the mag­a­zine was advertised.

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February 16, 2012 0

Al Shabaab Formally Joins Al Qaeda against “Crusader Zionist Campaign”

Al Qaeda and Al Shabaab, a ter­ror­ist group seek­ing to estab­lish an Islamic state in Soma­lia, have issued a joint com­mu­nique announc­ing the for­mal merger of their groups.

While Al Shabaab had pre­vi­ously announced its align­ment with Al Qaeda in 2010, and its lead­ers had repeat­edly sworn alle­giance to Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, it is the first time Zawahiri has com­mented on the “join­ing of the Mujahideen Al Shabaab Move­ment in Soma­lia to Al Qaeda in sup­port of the gath­er­ing jihad against the Cru­sader Zion­ist campaign.”
Al Shabaab’s Kenyan affil­i­ate, the Mus­lim Youth Cen­ter, which has claimed respon­si­bil­ity for sev­eral grenade attacks in Kenya, also announced on its blog that it had joined Al Qaeda to form the core of a newly recon­sti­tuted Al Qaeda in East Africa.
Approx­i­mately 40 Amer­i­cans have trav­eled to Soma­lia to fight with Al Shabaab since 2007, includ­ing at least three Amer­i­can sui­cide bombers. Omar Ham­mami, an Amer­i­can cit­i­zen from Alabama, has become a key online pro­pa­gan­dist for the group.

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