Al-Shabab Islamists Discuss Coronavirus Amongst Other Things
Mogadishu (Harar24) – Pro Al-Shabab affiliates have recently released pictures of a high-level meeting between the East African Islamist group, tribal elders and religious leaders.
The meeting, which according to the militant group was a “Consultative Forum of the Jihad in East Africa” was attended by dozens of Al-Shabab senior officials and shows them giving speeches on podiums and taking notes in a well-decorated meeting hall.
The pictures, published by Al-Shabab’s media wing Kataib, features some of the groups known personalities such as Ali Mahmud Ragge HSM spokesman, Suldan Mohamed HSM Humanitarian Chief as well as the group’s recently appointed governor of Mogadishu, Musa Abdi Arale and other individuals. Alongside the pictures, the group also released a five-page communique summing up the gist of the weeklong meeting.
Comprised of fourteen points, the communique ranged from common Islamist rhetoric such as encouraging attacks against the “crusading invaders” to more environmental friendly clauses that call for the end of “tree logging, erosion of pasture grounds and desertification”.
The group also seemed equally weary of the coronavirus and encouraged “Muslims to take caution against the recent spike in epidemics and infectious diseases”
Amidst the increase of American drone strikes, Al-Shabab remains active in waging attacks against the Federal Somalia Government, African Union, and foreign troops stationed in Somalia and neighbouring Kenya. More recently, however, the group has also succeeded in holding up to its image as a legitimate governmental authority providing the rural population with public services such as security, justice and humanitarian assistance.
The groups recent “Consultative Forum of the Jihad in East Africa” whether militant or public orientated, highlights the groups growing influence in the grassroots of the Somali population and the failure of the Somali Federal Government and their international partners to yet defeat the Islamist group