Al-Shabaab pushes back against the CIA

The lull in the attacks was short-lived and Al-Shabaab guerrilla-style wars are gaining ground

Al-Shabaab pushes back against the CIA

Somalia's al-Qaeda linked al Shabaab militia

FILE PHOTO: Members of Somalia’s al-Qaeda linked al Shabaab militia hold their weapons in Mogadishu, Somalia, January 1, 2010. REUTERS/Feisal Omar/File Photo

The lull in the attacks was short-lived and the Islamist fundamentalists are gaining ground… The low-down.

March 16, 2018 (ION) – President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo had been hoping that American drone strikes would suffice to make the Al-Qaida-affiliated Al-Shabaab implode. These have been backed up by infiltrations overseen by the operations commander of the Somali National Army’s crack 43 intelligence unit, General Ismail Sahardid, who had managed to provoke schisms in the Islamist movement Al-Shabaab. In addition, rivalries within Islamic State (Daesh) forces, who are well-established in Puntland, were supposed to complete this destabilisation drive. However, attacks in late February and early March against sensitive official sites and against Ugandan and Ethiopian troops serving in AMISOM (the African Union mission in Somalia) have caused over a hundred deaths.

According to a report seen by the Indian Ocean Newsletter, this deadly new escalation of violence comes after a ‘relative lull’ of four months during which the supreme emir of Al-Shabaab, Ahmed Diriye, conducted a purge of his ranks. He has consolidated his position at the head of the Islamist fundamentalist network and has eliminated his rivals, some of whom had established contact with Kenyan CIA agents. The report acknowledges that the Americans did manage to close in on Diriye’s boltholes and nearly succeeded in killing him on 3 December 2017.

After this close shave, hundreds of Al-Shabaab militants were executed and young new recruits took charge of the suicide squads. According to our information, Diriye wants to intensify the climate of terror by once again attacking Kenya, since the border with Somalia – where the movement controls Jubaland – remains porous, even though Nairobi has established defences with the help of the CIA. Al-Shabaab’s forceful re-emergence would also seem to indicate that Daesh, led by the cleric Abdul Qadir Mumin of the Majerteen clan, is not a threat to the movement.
Description of source: Since 1981, ION investigates within the power spheres of the Eastern coast of Africa, from Karthoum to the Cap and the islands. Country of origin: France
© Copyrights 2018 Indigo Publications All Rights Reserved

How Farmajo is dealing with Al Shabaab

Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed

FILE – Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 file photo, Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed speaks at his inauguration ceremony in Mogadishu, Somalia. Somalia’s new president on Thursday, April 6, 2017 declared the country a war zone and replaced its military and intelligence chiefs while instructing the army to prepare a new offensive against al-Shabab extremists. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh, File)

July 07, 2017 (ION) – Washington has thrown its backing behind the Somali government in its bid to divide the Islamist movement.

Diplomatic sources say the military chief of the Islamist extremist movement Al Shabaab, Mukhtar Robow a k a Abu Mansur, is engaged in secret talks with the new government of president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo. And this with the tacit agreement of the Trump administration and assistance from the CIA.

Indeed, it was the CIA’s outpost in Nairobi that first hatched the idea of trying to divide Al Shabaab after the massacre of students at Garissa University College in Kenya in April, 2015. But political instability in Somalia and the changing of the guard at the CIA put back the plan.

A wide range of reasons persuaded the Americans and pro-government figures in Mogadishu that Abu Mansur was the right man to talk to. According to secret American, Kenyan, Ethiopian and Somali reports, he plays a central role because he is the spiritual guide, operations chief and official spokesman of Al Shabaab. In addition, Abu Mansur had numerous clashes with the former head of Al Shabaab , Ahmed Abdi Godane, who was killed in an American drone strike in September, 2014. Abu Mansur thus broke with pro-Godane figures like Omar Hamami and Ibrahim Afghani. Abu Mansur began taking his distance from the most radical wing of Al Shabaab in 2013. To encourage him, Washington removed his name from the list of terrorists – he had had a $5 million reward on his head. In late June his opponents in Al Shabaab dispatched militants to Hoodar (Xudur) in the Bakool region to eliminate him. At the same time, however, Mogadishu sent more than 300 Somali National Army (SNA) troops to protect him.

Whatever the outcome, tension within the Islamic movement affiliated to Al Qaeda could well take some pressure off troops from Amisom (the African peacekeeping mission in Somalia).
Description of source: Since 1981, ION investigates within the power spheres of the Eastern coast of Africa, from Karthoum to the Cap and the islands. Country of origin: France
© Copyrights 2017 Indigo Publications All Rights Reserved

U.S. Special Forces take on Al Shabaab

May 26, 2017 (ION) – The Pentagon has ordered Africom’s chief, general Thomas Waldhauser, to step up attacks against the Al Shabaab Islamist movement. The drive against the extremists, initiated by Donald Trump and CIA director Mike Pompeo, will result in general Raymond Thomas, head of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), calling upon Navy Seals to operate behind Al Shabaab’s defensive lines. Special forces from Seal Team Six stationed at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti are expected to carry out parachute drops and land assaults on positions chosen by the high command. An American soldier was killed on May 5 in a firefight with Al Shabaab some 60 km from Mogadishu. He was the first US Army soldier to die in Somalia since 1993.
Description of source: Since 1981, ION investigates within the power spheres of the Eastern coast of Africa, from Karthoum to the Cap and the islands. Country of origin: France
© Copyrights 2017 Indigo Publications All Rights Reserved

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *