Al Shabaab terrorists in Somalia have had a website spewing out their propaganda on a website hosted by Dotster Inc in Vancouver, Washington, USA since April of 2007. Al Shabaab is listed as a terrorist organization by US State Dept. Al Shabaab is an Islamic terrorist group linked to Al-Qaeda that operates in southern Somalia and in Mogadishu. Recently Al-Shabaab made international headlines for a threat made against Barack Obama’s inauguration. See my prior post, Tuesday, January 20, 2009, U.S. Probes Potential Obama Inauguration Threat From Al-Shabaab Terror Group Who Run a Website out of Vancouver WA
Al-Shabaab had been using the Vancouver WA website www.kataaib.net to recruit suicide bombers for Somalia from the United States, see arrests made in Somalia of 11 Americans on the same day the Al-Shabaab website was shut down, “Domain pending cancelation per government order, Jan 23rd 2009.“
MOGADISHU, Friday Jan. 23rd 2009….. Security forces in the self-declared republic of Somaliland in northwestern Somalia on Friday seized nearly 10 small one-time use anti-aircraft missile launchers and arrested two suspects in connection with the illegal weapons in Hargeisa, capital of the state, reports reaching here said. Abdullahi Ismail Irro, the interior minister of Somaliland which declared its independence from the rest of Somalia in 1991, said the missile launchers were originally from Eritrea and were transported through the central Somali region of Galgadud before they were stored in a house in Hargeisa.
Eleven youths suspected of being trained with the hardline Islamist group of Al-Shabaab in the south-central Somalia were arrested. The youths reportedly arrived from Mogadishu to Hargeisaand had lived in the United States.Dotster refused to shut down the site for free speech reasons. Dotster said they would only shut down the site if the government would order them to do so. The suicide bombers were Somali youths allegedly recruited on www.kataaib.net and trained by Al-Shabaab movement to carry out the attacks in Hargeisa.
Vancouver WA, Friday Jan 23rd 2009…Well looks like the government has finally gotten around to order Dotster to shut down www.kataaib.net ! A quick WHOIS search of www.kataaib.net reveals that the “Domain is pending cancelation per US government order”.
The FBI, are probing whether al-Shabaab or other Somali Islamic groups are actively recruiting in cities across the United States. The officials say as many as 20 Somali-Americans between the ages of 17 and 27 have left their Minneapolis homes in the past 18 months under suspicious circumstances. The FBI investigation deepened when one of the missing men, Minnesotan Shirwa Ahmed, blew himself up alongside other suicide bombers in Somalia last October, killing dozens of al-Shabaab’s political opponents and civilians.