An English-language translation of a recent statement from the leadership of the Somali jihadi-insurgent group Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahideen (Movement of Warrior-Youth; Al-Shabaab) was released yesterday by the Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF), a shadowy transnational jihadi-takfiri media outlet. The original Arabic-language statement can be viewed, via a previous post, HERE.
The original Arabic-language statement, released via Harakat al-Shabab's Al-Kata'ib (Brigades) Media outlet, reaffirmed the group's goal of setting up an "Islamic" (according to them) state in Somalia, unifying the lands of the Muslims. It also discussed the leadership's self-identified role in "the global jihad" of Al-Qa'ida Central and its regional affiliates and allies. They seek to destroy "the apostasy of secular system of worship" because these "un-Islamic" systems place the human being above God. It is only through the establishment of a Harakat al-Shabab-style state in which the "application of Islamic law (according to them)" that the Muslim nation can rebuild itself.
The statement also restates the group's dedication to liberating the "sacred lands," the land of historical Palestine. The group combines both transnational and nationalist ideologies and goals. Despite its global rhetoric, Harakat al-Shabab has focused its operations inside Somalia.