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Friday, January 07, 2011

Al Shabaab Leader Role Call


Sheikh Aden Hashi Farah "Eyrow" (2007–2008) Dead
Sheikh Mukhtar Robow "Abu Mansoor" (2008–2009)[16] Dismissed but still around
Sheikh Moktar Ali Zubeyr "Godane" (2009–present) Current Leader

Foreign Leaders

Fazul Abdullah Mohammed: Fazul, a Kenyan, was appointed by Osama bin Laden as al Qaeda's leader in East Africa in late 2009. Before the death of Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, Fazul served as the military operations chief for al Qaeda in East Africa. Fazul is an experienced al Qaeda leader who is known to be able to move in and out of East African countries with ease. In August 2008, he slipped a police dragnet in Kenya. Fazul has been sheltering in Somalia with Shabaab and the Islamic Courts for years. Fazul is considered to be Shabaab's military leader, while

*Sheikh Muktar Abdelrahman Abu Zubeyr is Shabaab's spiritual leader.
Shaykh Muhammad Abu Fa'id: Fai'd, a Saudi citizen, serves as a top financier and a "manager" for Shabaab.

Abu Sulayman Al Banadiri: Banadiri is a Somali of Yemeni descent. He serves as a top adviser to Zubeyr, and trained in an al Qaeda camp in Afghanistan.

Abu Musa Mombasa: Mombasa, a Pakistani citizen, serves as Shabaab's chief of security and training.

Abu Mansoor Al-Amriki: Amriki, whose real name is Omar Hammami, is a US citizen who converted to Islam and traveled to Somalia in 2006. Once in Somalia, he quickly rose through the ranks, and now serves as a military commander, recruiter, financier, and propagandist. Amriki appears in several Shabaab propaganda tapes. Hammami has become a primary recruiter for Al Shabaab; he has issued written statements on behalf of Al Shabaab and has appeared in the terror organization's propaganda videos and audio recordings. An indictment unsealed in August 2010 charged him with providing material support to terrorists.[37]

Mahmud Mujajir: Mujajir, a Sudanese citizen, is Shabaab's chief of recruitment for suicide bombers.

Abdifatah Aweys Abu Hamza: Hamza is a Somali national who trained in Afghanistan. He is the commander of the Mujahideen of Al Quds, or Shabaab's Jerusalem Brigade, a military formation.

One who was not mentioned but reported by the Long War Journal is

Issa Osman Issa: Issa serves as a top al Qaeda recruiter and military strategist for Shabaab. Before joining Shabaab, Issa participated in the simultaneous attacks on the US embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam in 1998, and has been described as a central player in the simultaneous attacks on the Paradise Hotel in Kikambala, Kenya, in 2002, and the attempt to down an Israeli airliner in Mombassa also in 2002.

Somali Leaders

Sheikh Mukhtar Robow "Abu Mansoor" — Deputy Leader and former official spokesman.[17]
Sheikh Xasan Xuseen – Spiritual Leader [18]
Sheikh Hussein Ali Fidow — Political Chief [19]
Sheikh Ali Mohamud Raghe "Dheere" — Official Spokesman[20]
Sheikh Ibrahim Haji Jama Mee'aad "al-Afghani" (Abubakar al-Seyli'i) - Leader (Governor) of the Kisimayo administration [20]
Sheikh Hassan Yaqub Ali — Official spokesman of the Kisimayo administration[20]
Sheik Ali Mohamed Hussein — Leader (Governor) of Banaadir region (Mogadishu)
Sheikh Abdirahman Hassan Hussein — Leader (Governor) of the Middle Shabelle region[21]
Sheikh Hassan Abdullah Hersi "al-Turki" — Leader of the Ras Kamboni Brigades which controls the Juba Valley and was first part of Hizbul Islam but merged with al-Shabaab in 2010.[22]
Sheikh Mohamed Said Atom - Warlord who in July 2010 announced allegiance to al-Shabaab and the al-Shabaab commander in Puntland.[23]

The Rest @ Wilkipedia

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