Fazul Mohammed and Al Shabaab

Fazul Mohammed was certainly one of the key members of the Al qaeda old guard. An establishment that is now fragmented and splintered into stand alone operating networks that are loosely linked by association around the world. In the 1990s he shared a house in Nairobi with Wadhi El Hage Osama Bin Laden’s ‘man of business’. After the US Embassy bombings he became involved with training the Union of Islamic Courts which splintered to become the forerunner of Al Shabaab in Somalia.

The views of Hilary Clinton that Mohammed’s was a just end, a warrented view, will certainly further invigorate other AQ networks in the region, notably AQ AP who are now the focus of AQ related Jihadi activity.AQ in East Africa has also lost its deputy Abu Sahal who is currently in jail in Uganda.Undoutedly, the deaths of Mohammed and Musa Dheere who died alonside him has effectively removed the top half of the AQ network’s explosives expertise in the region.It is a blow to the terrorist network but not a death blow. Al Shabaab, the youngest of the jihadi networks has come of age and its young tactical leaders are possibly more potent, more technically savvy and politically astute than any of the other networks. Their philosophy is to literally build the base that Al Qaeda conceptualised into a reality and they are in the fight for the long haul.

Candyce Kelshall

About Candyce Kelshall

Doctoral candidate and BUCSIS Research Fellow. Independent advisor to British Transport police and Metropolitan Police. Candyce is the author of two books on Civil /military relations. "Armed Forces and Government" and "Mutiny and Revolution: Military pressure Groups"
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