Thursday, January 21, 2010

Martyrdom Art & a Video-Nasheed for American 'Emigrants' to Somalia Jihadi Group Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahideen

"Winds of Victory from the land of Somalia," with pathways leading out from Somalia to all corners of the globe. "Winds of Victory" is the name used by the group to describe its ongoing insurgency against the interim government and its African Union backers.

An unknown number of foreigners, many of them Somali immigrants or the children of immigrants from the United States and Europe, have traveled to Somalia and joined the Somalia jihadi-insurgent group Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahideen [Movement of Warrior-Youth]. Estimates of the number of Americans who have gone are around 20 or 30. A handful of Americans have been killed fighting for it, the latest being 28-year-old Troy Kastigar from Minnesota, a convert to Islam. Unlike the majority of other Americans believed to have joined the group, he is not Somali.

"The day we [go out] and raid/attack them is the day they will not raid/attack us," calling for a strategy of "pre-emptive attack." Pathways out of Somalia are shown going around the globe, noting Harakat al-Shabab's endorsement, at least in principle, of transnational jihadi-Salafi activism.

Somalia's interim president, Shaykh Sharif Ahmed (right), is shown engulfed in the fires of Hell as Harakat al-Shabab members (left) led by Shaykh Mukhtar Robow celebrate.

Several American fighters were shown at the end of the response to U.S. president Barack Obama's June speech in Cairo by Harakat al-Shabab commander, and another American (now believed to be Omar Hammami). Hammami, an American Muslim, stopped contact with his parents several years ago. He is a citizen of Alabama and former computer science major at the University of South Alabama (note that Abu Mansur, like the majority of jihadi leaders, is not a specialist in religious studies, but one of the hard sciences, as is AQC's chief ideologue, Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, who is a surgeon by training) Abu Mansur al-Amriki ("Abu Mansoor al-Amriki" or "al-Ameriki").

"At your service, O' Usama"...A play-off of a September 2009 video from Harakat al-Shabab

I have written several times previously (see HERE) about the use of anasheed [religio-political themed songs with or without instruments], singular: nasheed, and video compilations that combine both visuals and anasheed. Below is an embedded video-anasheed compilation (in two parts) dedicated to American "martyrs", mostly of Somali descent, who traveled to Somalia in order to join Harakat al-Shabab and were killed in battle against the interim government of President Shaykh Sharif Ahmed and his African Union allies. The Americans are described as "emigrants" [Muhajiroun, in Arabic], in a nod to Islamic history and the status of the Prophet Muhammad and his Companions when moving from persecution in Mecca to relative safety in Medina.

Abu Mansur al-Amriki

A number of popular Arabic jihadi anasheed are used in the video. Some information about each featured martyr is also included. The video is an excellent example of the use of such compilations as ideological tools in the praise of "martyrdom" and the use of violence under the banner of a religio-political cause.

American members of Harakat al-Shabab who were killed in battle (the text reads approximately, "Martyr, by God's will)

Part 1

Part 2

NOTE [2:03 A.M., Jan. 22]: I just noticed that around the 23-second mark in the first part of the video, whoever made it used a cyber poster from my research archive which I used on the blog (it has a watermark). I found this kind of cool, I must say.
For some of my previous posts on Harakat al-Shabab, see HERE and HERE.

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