Somali Was First American Suicide Bomber

24.02.09

Categorie: Africa, Extremists |

ahmed.JPGIn October, a suicide bomber killed 30 people in northern Somalia, a region once considered fairly safe compared to rest of the war-torn country. Now it appears the bomber was an American, making him our first home-grown suicide jihadist. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune has more:

“It appears that this individual was radicalized in his hometown in Minnesota,” [FBI Director Robert] Mueller said. Federal authorities have said that [Shirwa] Ahmed was one of as many as two-dozen young men of Somali descent who disappeared in the past two years from their homes in the Minneapolis area after being recruited by the Shabab, a militia suspected of having ties to Al Qaeda that has waged a war against the Somali government.

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9 Responses to “Somali Was First American Suicide Bomber”

  1. [...] They tried suicide bombers. They tried hijacked planes. They even tried to get a hold of biological weapons. But now, an al-Qaeda-affiliate has unleashed the most diabolical plot of all: A rapping jihadist, busting rhymes in English. No, this is not an April Fool’s Day joke.Actually, the verses, from a fellow calling himself "Abu Mansour al-Amriki," are more stoner mumble than Marshall Mathers, more poetry-night reject than Public Enemy. (Here’s a sample.)It all started out in Afghanistan / When we wiped the oppressor straight off the land / Uni crumbled / rumbled and tumbled / humbled and mumbled / made a power / withdraw and cowerLand by land / and war by war / only gonna make our black flag soar / drip by drip / shot by shot / only gonna give us the death we soughtI suppose this is some sort of lame attempt to lure some American kids to the terrorist side. After all, Somalia’s al-Qaeda affiliate, Shabab al Mujahideen, recently made headlines by recruiting Americans, including the apparent first American suicide bomber, to join their war against Somalia’s moderate Islamist government. But if you’re going to try to reach the Hip-Hop Nation, you’re going to have to do better than the jihadist answer to MC Karl Rove. Beats calling Barack Obama as "house Negro," I guess. [...]

  2. [...] They tried suicide bombers. They tried hijacked planes. They even tried to get a hold of biological weapons. But now, an al-Qaeda-affiliate has unleashed the most diabolical plot of all: A rapping jihadist, busting rhymes in English. No, this is not an April Fool’s Day joke.Actually, the verses, from a fellow calling himself "Abu Mansour al-Amriki," are more stoner mumble than Marshall Mathers, more poetry-night reject than Public Enemy. (Here’s a sample.)It all started out in Afghanistan / When we wiped the oppressor straight off the land / Uni crumbled / rumbled and tumbled / humbled and mumbled / made a power / withdraw and cowerLand by land / and war by war / only gonna make our black flag soar / drip by drip / shot by shot / only gonna give us the death we soughtI suppose this is some sort of lame attempt to lure some American kids to the terrorist side. After all, Somalia’s al-Qaeda affiliate, Shabab al Mujahideen, recently made headlines by recruiting Americans, including the apparent first American suicide bomber, to join their war against Somalia’s moderate Islamist government. But if you’re going to try to reach the Hip-Hop Nation, you’re going to have to do better than the jihadist answer to MC Karl Rove. Beats calling Barack Obama as "house Negro," I guess. [...]

  3. [...] the Islamic terror group, which has lured as many as 50 Somali-American kids to Mogadishu and even sent one on a suicide mission, is done by the roughly 9,000 Ugandan and Burundian soldiers belonging to the African Union’s [...]

  4. [...] the Islamic terror group, which has lured as many as 50 Somali-American kids to Mogadishu and even sent one on a suicide mission, is done by the roughly 9,000 Ugandan and Burundian soldiers belonging to the African Union’s [...]

  5. [...] the Islamic terror group, which has lured as many as 50 Somali-American kids to Mogadishu and even sent one on a suicide mission, is done by the roughly 9,000 Ugandan and Burundian soldiers belonging to the African Union’s [...]

  6. [...] the Islamic terror group, which has lured as many as 50 Somali-American kids to Mogadishu and even sent one on a suicide mission, is done by the roughly 9,000 Ugandan and Burundian soldiers belonging to the African Union’s [...]

  7. [...] the Islamic terror group, which has lured as many as 50 Somali-American kids to Mogadishu and even sent one on a suicide mission, is done by the roughly 9,000 Ugandan and Burundian soldiers belonging to the African Union’s [...]

  8. [...] the Islamic terror group, which has lured as many as 50 Somali-American kids to Mogadishu and even sent one on a suicide mission, is done by the roughly 9,000 Ugandan and Burundian soldiers belonging to the African Union’s [...]

  9. [...] the Islamic terror group, which has lured as many as 50 Somali-American kids to Mogadishu and even sent one on a suicide mission, is done by the roughly 9,000 Ugandan and Burundian soldiers belonging to the African Union’s [...]

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