AFRICA > Al-Shabaab mock US bounty, offer camels for Obama

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Somalia’s al-Shabaab put 10 camels to anyone helped locate Obama. ABACA Press photo

Somalia’s al-Shabaab put 10 camels to anyone helped locate Obama. ABACA Press photo

Somalia’s al-Qaeda-allied al-Shabaab rebels on June 9 mocked a U.S. offer of up to $33 million for tip-offs enabling the arrest of its top leaders, saying they would give 10 camels to anyone who helped locate Barack Obama.

The highest price put up by the U.S. State Department on June 7 was for al-Shabaab chief Ahmed Abdi aw-Mohamed, more commonly known as Godane or Abu Zubayr, with a $7 million bounty for information on where he is hiding.

“I can assure you that these kinds of things will never dissuade us from continuing the holy war against them,” said another senior al-Shabaab leader, Fuad Mohamed Khalaf, or “Shongole,” in a message carried on several websites.

10 roosters, 10 hens for Clinton

 “There is nothing new in the fact that infidels pay to have Muslim leaders killed. They already did that by offering camels for the head of Prophet Mohammad, and the dollar is the camel of today,” he said.

He was referring to an offer of 100 camels made for Mohammed when he was fleeing Mecca for Medina, according to the Quran.

 Khalaf added: “Whoever informs the mujahedeen fighters of the place where Obama can be found will get 10 camels and for (U.S. Secretary of State Hillary) Clinton, we will offer 10 roosters and 10 hens.”

The State Department said in a statement announcing the bounty for seven al-Shabaab leaders that “the group is responsible for the killing of thousands of Somali civilians, Somali peace activists, international aid workers, journalists and African Union peacekeepers.”

Al-Shabaab still control large parts of southern Somalia, but African Union troops, government forces and Ethiopian soldiers have clawed back several key bases from the insurgents in recent months.


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MR Somalia

6/11/2012 5:31:13 AM

We Somalis do not like neither the U.S. or the al Shabaab and in their exchange of war of words, I have to say al Shabaab took this one -- ten camels hahahahaha. Even if they kill this guy, they proved that they do not fear their superior arsenal so clearly the U.S. has long way to go. The U.S. is the one to be blamed for this including the formation of al shabaab because the US funded Ethiopian invasion, al shabab was born on that. Lets not forget who made al Qaeda.
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