Shabaab mourns bin Laden’s death, vows to wage global jihad


Shabaab spokesman Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage.

Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage, Shabaab’s spokesman, spoke lionized slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. From Reuters:

“We shall redouble our jihad and we shall overpower our enemies. Osama is not the first martyr, may God rest his soul,” al Shabaab spokesman Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage told reporters on Saturday.

“We shall never divert from the path of Sheikh Osama and we shall continue the jihad till we taste the death our brother Osama faced, or achieve victory and rule the whole world,” he said in the capital Mogadishu.

Earlier a US intelligence official told The Associated Press that Osama bin Laden was “giving strategic direction” to Shabaab before he was killed in a US raid in Abbottabad.

Bill Roggio is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Editor of FDD's Long War Journal.

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