18 December 2012

Somalia: Somali Militant Group Dismisses American Jihadist As 'A Liar and a Hunter of Fame'

Photo: Hassan Mahamud Ahmed/IRIN
Members of the militant Al-Shabaab in southern Somalia.

Somali militant group of Al shabab has distanced its self and its foreign members from the American born jihadist Abu Mansur Al amriki , calling a man who is out of touch in the reality of the group's fight in Somalia and a man obsessed with becoming a famous man in the world.

Al amriki was undoubtedly a prominent figure within Alshabab before this cycle of rift.

in statement released by the group yesterday and published by websites affiliated with it the group said 'In the last few months the story of Abu Mansur Al-Amriki has been playing out in the media circles, not only feeding the narrative of the Western media that deep ideological differences were beginning to devour the Mujahideen in Somalia, but also leaving the Muslim Ummah extraordinarily confounded with a string of video releases that have stimulated a wide range of diverse reactions.'

The statement continued as a quote 'In the light of these events and for the sake of clarification of the intricacies surrounding the Abu Mansur saga, Harakat Al-Shabaab Al-Mujahideen hereby declares that Abu Mansur Al-Amriki does not, in any way, shape or form, represent the views of the Muhajireen in Somalia. The opinions expressed by Abu Mansur, the alleged frictions and the video releases are merely the results of personal grievances that stem purely from a narcissistic pursuit of fame and are far removed from the reality on the ground.'

Abu Mansur Al amriki has issued videos explaining that there is a rift between the foreign jihadists and those of the local within Al shabab.

In his first video, he told that he feared his life from a harm by internal conspiracy from Al shabab.

In a later video, he told that there are suspicions among the foreign fighters with Al shabab that their some of their Somali allies were behind attacks that killed prominent figures within the foreign jihadists in Somalia.

The rift he was talking about now seems to be spilling over.

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