Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Leadership of Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahideen in Somalia Issue Condolences to Islamic State of Iraq upon "Martyrdom" of Its Leaders

The leadership of the jihadi-insurgent group Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahideen (Movement of Warrior-Youth; Al-Shabaab) in Somalia has issued a statement offering condolences to the Islamic State of Iraq and transnational jihadi-takfiris upon the "martyrdom of the heroes of this nation...Abu 'Umar al-Baghdadi al-Qurayshi and...Abu Hamza al-Muhajir." They write that they received the news with "deep sorrow and grief, " but go on to say that their lives and deaths should be seen as shining examples. The leadership calls upon Iraqi Sunni Muslims to join the Islamic State of Iraq by declaring their allegiance to al-Baghdadi's successor, who has yet to be named, and rejecting the "Magis (Zoroastrians)", meaning Shi'i Muslims who they view as non-Muslims.

Background on the ISI, an umbrella for several of the most violent jihadi-insurgent groups operating in Iraq including Al-Qa'ida in the Land of the Two Rivers/Iraq (AQI), can be found in my guest editorial, "The Death of a Caliph: Will the Reported Killings of the Islamic State of Iraq's Two Senior Leaders Spell Out the End of the Self-styled Jihadi State?", on Prof. Juan Cole's Informed Comment blog.

Harakat al-Shabab also said an April 27 kamikaze attack on an African Union military base in Mogadishu was "revenge" for the deaths of al-Baghdadi and al-Muhajir.

Shabab...Statement on Martyrdom of Baghdadi & Muhajir (April 28)
Leadership Statement

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