Report: Internet, YouTube Key in al Qaeda Somali Recruitment

I'd comment, but what more could I really say that hasn't been said by me about this over the last five years? AP:

One young man attended secret meetings in Minneapolis. Another got a phone call, urging him to leave Minnesota and go to Somalia to fight. Terrorist training videos featuring English speakers pepper YouTube, calling others to the cause....

Court proceedings and interviews with community members, attorneys and terror experts indicate the Somali-based terror group, al-Shabab, uses widespread recruitment tactics including a vast Web-based network...

"I would say they were among the most explicit, the most violent, and the most enthusiastic videos of any jihadi organization out there," said Evan Kohlmann, a terror consultant.

The group, which the U.S. government says has ties to al-Qaida, also uniquely targets Americans and English speakers, Kohlmann said.

Some videos show English-speaking suicide bombers reciting last wills. Others showcase a man with shoulder-length brown hair who calls himself Abu Mansour the American commanding fighters and glorifying jihadists killed in Somalia.

Al-Shabab's online propaganda proliferated in recent years after messages from Osama bin Laden appeared on jihadist forums encouraging followers to go to Somalia.

Those videos are edited and distributed by the Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF)-- a group based in Europe but with active members in the United States and Canada that we've been following for years.

In fact, long time readers will remember this:

Super secret message to GIMF: Um, where's that video of the Shiekh you promised us?

Posted by: Rusty at 11:57 AM


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