’American’ member of Somali terror group blasts Obama
A purported American member of a Somali terror group blasted US President Barack Obama’s speech last month to the Muslim world, a monitoring group said.world Updated: Jul 09, 2009 13:17 IST
A purported American member of a Somali terror group blasted US President Barack Obama’s speech last month to the Muslim world, a monitoring group said on Wednesday.
The man identified as “Abu Mansour the American” said peace could only be reached if Washington disengages from Muslim nations like Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia, in a 27-minute video released to jihadist forums, according to the US-based SITE Intelligence Group which monitors extremist cells.
“How dare you send greetings to the Muslim world while thousands of Muslims are being detained in your facilities,” said Abu Mansour, speaking in English.
“And how dare you send greetings to the Muslims while you are bombing our brothers and sisters in Afghanistan?”
Abu Mansour appeared in March in a propaganda video by the militant Somali Islamist group Shebab, aimed at foreign recruits and which featured English rapping and songs.
Wednesday’s video contains only a still image of the light-skinned and bearded Abu Mansour, who looks to be in his late 20s or 30s. During his speech it also shows still images of three other men identified as Americans -- “Abu Hurriya the American,” “Burhan the American” and “Dahir the American.”
“As you have presented to us a new beginning, we reply by saying: that by the permission of Allah, this beginning is at best the beginning of the end; the end of the tyranny and the oppression so common to America,” Abu Mansour said according to SITE.
“As the days go on, it becomes more and more apparent that this cause is not simply being carried by those who live in Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, and other far off lands. This is the cause of the entire Muslim Ummah and it is being carried even by those who are considered legal citizens of your own country according to your own laws.”
Earlier this year the Federal Bureau of Investigation warned that “radicalized clusters” of Somali-American youths as young as 12 were being recruited by Islamic terror groups.