Tuesday, May 17, 2011

IN PICTURES: Somalia's Harakat al-Shabab Release More Photographs of Last Week's Conference Eulogizing Usama bin Laden

Muqtaar (Mukhtar) Robow and Omar Hammami (right)

Omar Hammami (far left) sitting immediately next to Abu 'Abd al-Rahman

As I wrote last Wednesday, the Somali Islamist-insurgent movement Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabaab; Movement of the Warrior-Youth) held a lengthy conference last week in Afgoye, Somalia under the banner "We are all Usama." The conference eulogized the late Al-Qa'ida Central (AQC) founder-leader Usama bin Laden and featured a number of Harakat al-Shabab's senior leaders. These leaders included the popular leader from the Rahanweyn clan Muqtaar (Mukhtar) Robow, preacher Fu'ad Muhammad Khalaf "Shongole," Hasan Dahir Aweys, and Abu 'Abd al-Rahman, the movement's governor of Banaadir district. Also present was American member and suspected field commander Omar "Abu Mansur al-Amriki" Hammami.

Hasan Dahir Aweys

The movement released a statement in Arabic late yesterday (May 16) eulogizing Bin Laden.

Caucasian fighter

"We are all Usama" banner

More photographs from the conference were released late yesterday as well by the movement showing the leaders present, the crowd (including a photograph of members of the crowd reading printed copies of the statement released yesterday), members of the movement's media outlet Al-Kata'ib (Brigades) Media, and fighters with their faces covered, including a Caucasian fighter.

Abu 'Abd al-Rahman, governor of Banaadir district where Mogadishu is located

Fu'ad Muhammad Khalaf "Shongole"

Omar Hammami

Muqtaar (Mukhtar) Robow

Member of Al-Kata'ib Media

The crowd with print copies of the eulogy released late yesterday

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