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Somalia’s Shabaab vows allegiance to new al Qaeda emir Zawahiri

By BILL ROGGIOJune 17, 2011

Shabaab spokesman Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage.

Shabaab’s spokesman said that the Somali terror group has sworn allegiance to Ayman al Zawahiri, al Qaedan’s new leader, and will follow his orders.

Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage, the Shabaab spokesman who is also known as Ali Dheere, made the statement on the “al-Andalus Islamic station,” according to a translation of a statement by an internet jihadist. The statement was posted today on the al Qaeda-linked Shumukh al Islam forum, and the translation was provided by the SITE Intelligence Group.

“In an initiative and in [a demonstration of] loyalty, love and support amongst the mujahideen in the world, the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement announces the renewal of its allegiance to the Emir of Qaedat al-Jihad,” the statement said.

“The mujahideen in Somalia confirm to the mujahideen in al-Qaeda: ‘You are more experienced than us and you have better views than us in the future of the jihad of our Ummah against the enemy, as we experienced from you before. We await your instructions and we will act according to what you see in the coming stage to be in the interests of jihad and the Muslim Ummah,'” the statement continued, quoting Rage.

Rage said that Shabaab and “the mujahideen in Somalia are an inseparable part of the Ummah’s jihad against the Zionist Crusader invasion of the lands of Islam, and they see Qaedat al-Jihad as the teacher in whom they find instructions and advice.”

“They, the mujahideen in Somalia, said to the new emir: ‘Here we are, here we are, and we are waiting for your instructions,'” the statement concluded.

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