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Default Somalia's al-Shabab praises US 'martyrs' in video

Well one can either play the video or read the complete news article of this al-Shabab terror group who is also another arm of Al-Qaida...

Somalia's al-Shabab praises US 'martyrs' in video

RODNEY MUHUMUZAAugust 12, 2013Society

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) The Islamic extremist from Minnesota smiles as he compares Somalia to Disneyland, urging other Muslims to come and "take pleasure in this fun."

But Troy Kastigar, one of three fighters featured in a nearly 40-minute Internet video recently released by the Somali extremist rebel group al-Shabab, was killed in 2009, not long after leaving Minneapolis to join the militants' bloody campaign to seize power in Somalia. At the time al-Shabab held sway in large parts of the capital, Mogadishu, and was fighting African Union troops sent to back the transitional government there.

Although the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab has previously made videos to seek out potential recruits, the latest video focuses on the tragic stories of a trio praised by the narrator as the "Minnesotan martyrs" whose "decisive moment" came when they were killed in combat.

The video, provided to The Associated Press by the IntelCenter, a United States-based company that tracks terrorist groups, was released last week, around the same time a United Nations panel of experts warned in a report to the Security Council that al-Qaida's Internet propaganda programs are becoming more sophisticated.

"Individuals and cells associated with al-Qaida and its affiliates continue to innovate with regard to targets, tactics and technology," said the U.N. experts' report, which was released last week.

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Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula as well as al-Shabab support high-quality digital propaganda operations, allowing terrorists to spread "infectious ideas" even as al-Qaida's leadership has a diminished ability to direct global terror campaigns, according to the report.

I have my doubts that as stated al-Qaida has any diminished abilities. The west just wants this to stop, so we writer these reports.

The new al-Shabab video, called "The Path to Paradise," promises more in a series spotlighting recruits from Minnesota who abandoned the comforts of home in order to wage jihad against foreign troops in Somalia. The video was originally available on YouTube but has since been taken down because it violates the website's policy on violence.

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