Monday, December 27, 2010

Al-Shabab Threatens to Attack United States

Via (English) -

The leader of Somalia's main armed group al-Shabab has threatened to attack the United States if Barack Obama, the US president, does not embrace Islam.

The group has not launched an attack outside Africa but western intelligence agencies have long been concerned about the group targetting young Somali-Americans for recruitment.

"We tell the American President Barack Obama to embrace Islam before we come to his country," Fuad Mohamed "Shongole" Qalaf, one of the rebel leaders, said in a radio broadcast on Monday.

The message was recorded in the town of Afgoye, near the Somali capital of Mogadishu during a meeting of Qalaf and Sheik Hassan Dahir Aweys, the former leader of the Islamic Party, another armed group.

The two movements had clashed several times previously but announced a merger last week.

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