Al-Shabaab Names New Leader, Vows Revenge for U.S. Strike That Killed Its Commander

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Armed al-Shabaab fighters are seen on pickup trucks.  Associated Press

 MOGADISHU—Abdalle Ahmed Mumin reports: Somalia‘s al-Shabaab said Saturday the militant group had named a new leader, after its commander was killed in a U.S. drone strike.

“This is definitely a game changer for al-Shabaab and probably a turning point for the organization.”

The group said it had named Ahmed Omar Abu Ubeyd to succeed Ahmed Abdi Godane, who died of wounds sustained in the drone strike Monday in Somalia’s remote Lower Shabelle region, said the group’s spokesman, Abdiasis abu Mus’ab.

“This leader, Ahmed Godane, built the organization around himself for the past three years.”

— Abdi Aynte, head of The Heritage Institute, a Mogadishu-based think tank

“We will not sit alone,” he said, vowing revenge for a strike that appears to have killed not only Mr. Godane but several of his top aides.

[Also see – BOOTS + GROUND: U.S. Forces Carry Out Operation Against Al-Shabaab in Somalia – punditfromanotherplanet.com]

[More – REPORT: Al-Shabaab Claims Three Americans Among Gunmen in Kenya Mall – punditfromanotherplanet.com]

Analysts said it was too soon to tell if al-Shabaab was indeed still unified or attempting to forestall its fragmentation after the death of a charismatic leader, who had sidelined or eliminated other powerful figures in the group since taking over in 2008.

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has appealed to al-Shabaab members to defect in a statement. “I say to the members of al-Shabaab: Godane is dead and now is the chance for members of al-Shabaab to embrace peace,” he said.

Al-Shabaab has been formally allied with al Qaeda since 2012—a partnership that is largely credited to Mr. Godane…..(read more)

WSJ

—Heidi Vogt contributed to this article.


2 Comments on “Al-Shabaab Names New Leader, Vows Revenge for U.S. Strike That Killed Its Commander”

  1. alakhtal says:

    Reblogged this on Liberalism is Trust Fucked with Prudence. Conservatism is Distrust Tainted with Fear and commented:
    Kirby,
    Memorize your line and deliver.
    Quit mimicking.
    Watch the camera not the chalkboard.
    Buy decent teleprompter.
    Quit Fucking News.
    How would one feel safe when the Pentagon at large conducted Chuck Norris operation to headhunt al-Shabaab Co-founder and pronounce him dead while Pentagon ain’t got neither Mugshot nor his exact to pop? There’re thousands of Ahmed Abdi al-Muhammad aliases in al Shabaab, which are we talking about? Ahmed Godane my Ass!
    Mediawhores posted that earlier that alshabaab chief and 6 militant murdered. Now DoD says they ain’t.
    Just boring bullshit for Obama to crow about next in S. Brady Press Briefing Room to keep the moral high while his approval nose diving down abyss bottom.

  2. alakhtal says:

    Kirby,
    Memorize your line and deliver.
    Quit mimicking.
    Watch the camera not the chalkboard.
    Buy decent teleprompter.
    Quit Fucking News.
    How would one feel safe when the Pentagon at large conducted Chuck Norris operation to headhunt al-Shabaab Co-founder and pronounce him dead while Pentagon ain’t got neither Mugshot nor his exact to pop? There’re thousands of Ahmed Abdi al-Muhammad aliases in al Shabaab, which are we talking about? Ahmed Godane my Ass!
    Mediawhores posted that earlier that alshabaab chief and 6 militant murdered. Now DoD says they ain’t.
    Just boring bullshit for Obama to crow about next in S. Brady Press Briefing Room to keep the moral high while his approval nose diving down abyss bottom.


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