"The day we [go out] and raid/attack them is the day they will not raid/attack us," calling for a strategy of "pre-emptive attack." Pathways out of Somalia are shown going around the globe, noting Harakat al-Shabab's endorsement, at least in principle, of transnational jihadi-Salafi activism.
The leadership of the Somali jihadi-insurgent group Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahideen (al-Shabaab) issued a statement earlier today, via its Al-Kata'ib (Brigades) Media outlet, reaffirming its goals of setting up an "Islamic" (according to them) state in Somalia, unifying the lands of the Muslims, and their 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 statement goes on to discuss Harakat al-Shabab's "plan" (really its ideology) for accomplishing these stated goals. Judging from a recent statement from the group, this includes banning the BBC for being a part of the "Crusade."
ويومئذ يفرح المؤمنون
Statement from the General Leadership of Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahideen