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Bin Laden Warns: Hands Off My Somalia

From those lovers of Sharia Law at the BBC:

Members of a Somali Islamic Court militia cradle their weapons in the Jowhar area of Somalia after clashes with a coalition of warlords June 14, 2006. Somalia's newly powerful Islamists on Monday said they will stone to death five rapists, in what some fear is the latest sign of a plan to install a hardline Islamic regime like Afghanistan's Taliban.

'Bin Laden' warning over Somalia

Osama Bin Laden, the fugitive leader of al-Qaeda Islamist militants, has apparently issued a warning against foreign intervention in Somalia.

An internet audio message warns the world community against sending troops to the country where Islamists have been making major military gains.

Posted on a website, it is addressed to militants in Somalia and Iraq.

It would be the second message in two days attributed to the man the US blames for the 9/11 attacks.

The 19-minute recording calls on all Somalis to back the Council of Islamic Courts militia in its bid to build an Islamic state in Somalia.

'God's soldiers'

"We will fight [US] soldiers on the land of Somalia… and we reserve the right to punish it on its land and anywhere possible," the speaker says.

"We warn all of the countries in the world not to respond to America by sending international troops to Somalia."

The speaker condemns Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, president of Somalia's secular interim government, as a "traitor" and "renegade".

The Council of Islamic Courts, led by Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys, recently took control of the strife-torn state's capital, Mogadishu.

Sheikh Aweys has been on the US list of people "linked to terrorism" since shortly after the 11 September 2001 attacks but denies any links to terrorism.

The speaker also tells fighters in Iraq that they are "God's trusted soldiers who will liberate [Muslims] from the serfdom of the crusaders".

In an audio message released on a website on Friday, a speaker who sounded like Bin Laden praised Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq killed three weeks ago, as a "lion of holy war".

No new video images of the al-Qaeda leader have appeared since October 2004.

Last week a video was broadcast purportedly showing the deputy leader of al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahri, in which he paid tribute to Zarqawi and said his death would be avenged.

Maybe now that Somalia is good and lost we won't have to hear our one party media carp about the US's (never proved) support for the Somali "warlords."

After all, what could be worse than trying to help people who were fighting having their country taken over by Al Qaeda?

What is wrong with us?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Saturday, July 1st, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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