The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement released an audio speech from its leader - the third within three weeks - slamming the Somali government as having a "parliament of mercenaries," and declaring that nearly 200 AMISOM forces were killed in the past three months.
Just one-week after addressing the Syrian Jihad, the leader of the Somalia-based Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement set his sights on Yemen, rallying the fellow AQ branch there, AQAP, and advising it escalation its attacks.
The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda's (AQ) branch in Somalia, released a rare speech from its leader, promoting the Syrian Jihad as open to foreign fighters and vilifying the role of Turkey in that country and others.
In an Eid al-Adha speech, Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement leader Abu Ubaidah Ahmed Umar touted the group’s persistence amid “Crusader” military campaigns, and encouraged steadfastness by the group’s members.
Al-Muhajiroun - Emigrants of East Africa, a pro-al-Qaeda group, released the second issue of its English/Swahili magazine, “Amka,” in which it promoted what it called a “homecoming” of Shabaab fighters to Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.
In his first message since becoming the leader of the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement following the death of his predecessor in September 2014, Ahmad Umar (Abu Ubaidah) addressed his fighters and Muslims on Eid al-Fitr, promoting jihad and praising the deadly attack at Garissa University College in Kenya.
The military command of al-Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, pledged allegiance to its new leader, Ahmad Umar, after its former leader was killed in a U.S. drone strike.
The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement confirmed the death of its leader, Mukhtar Abu al-Zubeir (AKA Ahmed Abdi Godane), and appointed a successor, and also renewed its pledge of allegiance to al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.