Missouri: Somali Cabdriver Pleads Guilty to Funneling Money to Al-Shabaab Terrorists Back Home
BY JENNIFER MANN – “ST. LOUIS • A Somali refugee who worked as an airport taxicab driver here was secretly plotting with leaders of an insurgent group back home to fund the terrorist organization, according to documents made public during his guilty plea Thursday.
Mohamud Abdi Yusuf, 31, acknowledged through his plea that throughout 2008 and 2009, he raised nearly $6,000 for al-Shabaab, an organization trying to topple the provisional government in war-torn Somalia.
The U.S. government named al-Shabaab a terrorist organization in 2008.
In a public statement, Dennis Baker, special agent in charge of the FBI in St. Louis, underlined the importance of the conviction, saying at least 20 American citizens have traveled to Somalia to join al-Shabaab, which has top leaders affiliated with al-Qaida.
The money at issue went toward a vehicle al-Shabaab used for tactical operations and to hide and deliver weapons, Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Drake said in federal court here.” Read more.
Somalia: Al-Shabaab terrorists say they will plunge Kenya into an ‘endless war’ – “Somalia’s Shebab rebels said Thursday they were building defences that would plunge Kenyan forces battling them into an ‘endless war.’ As Kenyan forces prepared to assault rebel position after moving into Shebab-controlled southern Somalia last month, army spokesman Major Emmanuel Chirchir warned militants were moving weapons by air and donkeys. ‘The Shebab mujahideen will defend Somalia, and will put Kenya into an endless war,’ the Al-Qaeda-linked rebels said in statement. ‘We will defeat you like the other major countries that have suffered when they attacked Somalia, you will see the consequences.'” Read more.