Path 27

Trump Admin Cracks Down on Dangerous Islamic Extremist Group Terrorizing East Africa

Path 27

The Trump administration is slapping new sanctions on Somalia’s al-Shabab extremist group, an al-Qaida-linked organization responsible for multiple terrorist attacks in East Africa.

The State Department announced it had imposed sanctions on two senior leaders of the group, which was designated a “foreign terrorist organization” in 2008.

The State Department said it had identified Abdullahi Osman Mohamed and Maalim Ayman as “specially designated global terrorists,” a step that freezes any assets they may have in U.S. jurisdictions and bans Americans from doing any business with them.

It said Mohamed is the group’s senior explosives expert, a special adviser to the so-called “emir” of al-Shabab and is the leader of al-Shabab’s media wing, al-Kataib.

Ayman is the leader of Jaysh Ayman, an al-Shabab unit conducting attacks and operations in Kenya and Somalia, including one in January on a military base in Kenya that killed one American soldier and two U.S. contractors, it said.

Pro-BLM Dem Senator's Hypocrisy Gets Exposed When He's Confronted About His Membership in All-White Club

Al-Shabab remains the most active and resilient Islamic extremist group in Africa, controlling parts of southern and central Somalia and often targeting checkpoints and other high-profile areas in the capital, Mogadishu.

It has fired several mortars this year at the heavily defended international airport, where the U.S. Embassy and other missions are located.

It has also branched out to stage attacks in neighboring countries, including Uganda and Kenya, where it was behind the days-long 2013 attack on Nairobi’s upscale Westgate Mall that left 67 people dead.

Do you think the US has done enough to counter al-Shabab?

Earlier this month, the U.N. Security Council voted to extend an arms embargo on Somalia and ban the sale or shipment to Somalia of components for IEDs if there is “significant risk” they may be used to manufacture the devices that are increasingly being used by al-Shabab.

It also urged the Somali government to crack down on the group’s illegal financing methods.

[jwplayer s641Q2Iy]

Truth and Accuracy

Submit a Correction →


We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.

, , , , , , ,
Path 27
The Associated Press is an independent, not-for-profit news cooperative headquartered in New York City. Their teams in over 100 countries tell the world’s stories, from breaking news to investigative reporting. They provide content and services to help engage audiences worldwide, working with companies of all types, from broadcasters to brands.
The Associated Press was the first private sector organization in the U.S. to operate on a national scale. Over the past 170 years, they have been first to inform the world of many of history's most important moments, from the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the bombing of Pearl Harbor to the fall of the Shah of Iran and the death of Pope John Paul.

Today, they operate in 263 locations in more than 100 countries relaying breaking news, covering war and conflict and producing enterprise reports that tell the world's stories.
New York City