Saturday, March 31, 2012

IN PICTURES: Somalia's Al-Shabab Deny AMISOM Claims of Capturing Dayniile

Muhammad Hasan 'Umar Abu 'Abd al-Rahman (second from left), Al-Shabab's governor of the Banaadir region, and insurgents in Dayniile.

The Somali insurgent movement Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab; Al-Shabaab) has denied claims by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) claims that it, aided by Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG) soldiers, has driven insurgents from Dayniile on the outskirts of Mogadishu. Al-Shabab has issued photographs showing its fighters and governor of Banaadir, Muhammad Hasan 'Umar Abu 'Abd al-Rahman, in Dayniile, though it is possible these photographs were taken at an earlier time.

An Al-Shabab insurgent at the Dayniile airport.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Cyber Jihadi-Takfiri Video Dedicated to Muhammad Merah

A video montage produced by the fringe cyber transnational jihadi-takfiri community, specifically the al-Fida' al-Islamiyya Internet forum dedicated to French gunman Muhammad Merah. A similar montage appeared less than a day after Major Nidal Malik Hasan's shooting spree at Fort Hood, Texas on November 5, 2009. This video montage makes use of jihadi-takfiri anasheed (rhythmic recitations) and video clips of Usama bin Laden and Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, the latter clip from Al-Qa'ida Central's video production about the July 2005 suicide bombings in London.