21 Apr '15, 9pm

US adds Shabaab leaders to designated terrorist list

US adds Shabaab leaders to designated terrorist list

The State Department today added two senior officials in Shabaab , al Qaeda’s official branch in East Africa, to the US government’s list of designated terrorists. One of the two, Ahmed Diriye, is Shabaab’s overall leader. Diriye rose to that position after Ahmed Abdi Godane, Shabaab’s previous head, was killed in a US airstrike in September 2014. Shabaab quickly reaffirmed its allegiance to al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri after Diriye, who is also known as Sheikh Ahmad Umar and Abu Ubaidah, was named as Godane’s successor. In its announcement today, State notes that Diriye “shares Godane’s vision for al Shabaab’s terrorist attacks in Somalia as an element of al Qaeda’s greater global aspirations.” Godane and al Qaeda publicly announced their merger in February 2012 , but declassified documents recovered in Osama bin Laden’s compound, as well as other evidence, show that...

Full article: http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2015/04/usaddsshab...

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