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Al-Qaeda chief urges fighting in Somalia

2012-11-07 13:21

Cairo - Al-Qaeda's leader is urging Muslims to join militants in Somalia in the battle against African Union troops, which he says have been boosted by US support.

Ayman Al-Zawahri says Somalia's al-Qaeda branch, al-Shabaab, should use guerrilla tactics and suicide bombings to wage jihad, or holy war.

Somalia had been in chaos for years, ruled by warlords and insurgents bent on creating an Islamic state.

The militants, who once controlled nearly all of Mogadishu, have been gone from the capital for more than a year, and in September the African troops booted them out of their last urban stronghold, the port city of Kismayo.

In his seven-minute audio message posted late on Tuesday on militant websites, al-Zawahri says the loss of Kismayo came after "clear, direct and flagrant support from the Americans."

Comments
  • coenraad.vanderwesthuizen.3 - 2012-11-07 13:48

    Seems like a nice guy that like to take strolls on the beach, pick up and stroke kittens and order innocent civilians to be blown up, all before lunchtime. Religious fundies...tsk tsk ... go figure...

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2012-11-07 14:30

    If America doesnt negotiate with Al Qaeda and work towards an agreement that respects all parties,this war will never stop.But as they say ,they don't negotiate with terrorists,but people are better of negotiating then killing.

      fort.horseman.7 - 2012-11-07 15:54

      Its easy to promote fighting and not want to negotiate if peoples children are being killed elsewhere.No one would want fighting in their own country,Im sure that you would want negotiations if the fight was at your doorstep.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-07 15:07

    Africa rejects your murderous kind! Go blow each other up in Saudi Arabia and take Boko Haram with you!

  • lawrence.sambani.3 - 2012-11-07 15:25

    This man is crazy,that's all i can say.

  • clemens.kiessig - 2012-11-07 15:29

    he even looks like achmed the dead terrorist

      gary.desousa.7 - 2012-11-07 15:46

      Dont give Jason ideas, soon there will be a family,lol

      Fundukululukunjakunne Why Cano - 2012-11-07 19:37

      ha ha ha how about that!

  • brent.goldwyer - 2012-11-07 15:42

    JDAM this MoFo

  • gary.desousa.7 - 2012-11-07 15:45

    And the rest of the african nations must contribute to the force to crush and kill this terrorist Ayman Al-Zawahri and as many of his idiots as possible.Simple eradicate the pests

  • Fundukululukunjakunne Why Cano - 2012-11-07 19:45

    Islam means peace am sure Allah has no interest in having his people blow themselves up while cowards like that fool enjoys the gift of life. Top management in Al-Qaeda is filled with cowards and its true there is nothing as dangerous as a coward. Africa is not a play ground for such nuisance. Moslems in Africa should know better for they are most peaceful loving and accepting. Al shaabab those terrorist wanna bees will be rooted out and cleansed.

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