Al-Qaeda donates food, money to Somalis

2011-10-15 13:00

Mogadishu - Islamist extremist group Al-Qaeda has donated food, money and clothes to Somalia in an apparent publicity push that shows its close ties with the Shebab rebels, a monitoring service said on Friday.

Citing photos released by the rebels, the IntelCenter monitoring group said the aid was delivered at a high-profile ceremony in the country in a bid to cement a stronger support base with the Somali population.

Aid agencies say regular deliveries of much-needed aid in the poverty-stricken country are almost impossible due to the security situation, as rebels routinely steal donated food and medicines, and aid workers are threatened with kidnapping.

The Islamist Shebab rebels waged a four-year battle in Mogadishu to topple the Somali government before suddenly abandoning the majority of its bases in the capital in August. They still control much of the country.

Analysts said internal dissent, dwindling resources and popular support as well as their failure to dislodge the government forced the rebels to give up the bloody campaign.

  • fishycraig - 2011-10-15 14:09

    Just funny how the Red Cross and MSF don't blow up innocent people and fly planes into buildings. Oh, and just how much, in monetary terms, has Al-Qaeda given? I mean is it anywhere near the same amount the "evil", "imperialistic" West has donated?

  • Anthony - 2011-10-15 14:40

    why help, when all you do is kill?

      fishycraig - 2011-10-15 17:36

      Because we are good and these sods are worthless scum. And good always wins out in the end. (Or at least that is what I brainwash myself with.)

  • phathuchicos - 2011-10-15 18:31

    huh Alqaeda donating...that's something out of this world. I hope food parcels doesn't come with bombs or delivered by suicide bombers.

  • Michael - 2011-10-15 22:52

    Oh. For. God's. Sake. THERE IS NO AL-QAEDA. WE ALL KNOW THIS NOW, CATCH UP FOR GODSAKE!!! BBC’s documentary “The Power of Nightmares“: Top CIA officials openly admit, Al-qaeda is a total and complete fabrication, never having existed at any time. The Bush administration needed a reason that complied with the Laws so they could go after “the bad guy of their choice” namely laws that had been set in place to protect us from mobs and “criminal organizations” such as the Mafia. They paid Jamal al Fadl, hundreds of thousands of dollars to back the U.S. Government’s story of Al-qaeda, a “group” or criminal organization they could “legally” go after. This video documentary is off the hook…

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