Here’s something wild.
Somali Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) called for the protection of a Somali telecommunications company that is a major financier of the al-Shabaab terrorist organization, a radical Muslim group known for committing mass violence in Africa.
“Somali government and peacekeeping forces, need to protect [Hormuud] and the Somali telecom industry as they make enormous contribution to the economy and provide vital services. During my visit to Somalia in 2011, I was surprised by the quick evolution of technology in Somalia,” she said on Twitter.
According to Mohammad Tawhidi’s research, Hormuud has deep ties to radical Islamic terrorism.
“Hormuud Telecom Somalia Inc. is a private Somalian telecommunications company founded by Ahmed Nur Ali Jimale in April of 2002,” Tawhidi said.
A United Nations report laid out Ali Jimale’s financial support for al-Shabaab:
“Ali Ahmed Nur Jim’ale (Jim’ale) has served in leadership roles with the former Somali Council of Islamic Courts, also known as the Somali Islamic Courts Union, which was a radical-Islamist element. The most radical elements of the Somali Islamic Courts Union eventually formed the group known as al-Shabaab.
“Jim’ale is identified as one of al-Shabaab’s chief financiers and is ideologically aligned with al-Shabaab.”
The report continues, saying that Al Jimale is a controlling member of Hormuud.
Jim’ale also controls Hormuud Telecommunications (“Hormuud”). Hormuud Telecommunications is a company identified as being one of the single largest financiers of al-Shabaab, which includes large lump sum payments to al-Shabaab in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and these payments to al-Shabaab were facilitated by Jim’ale.
Hormuud Telecommunications has provided key material and logistical support to al-Shabaab to include weapons, private fighters, and ammunition.”
Spokespersons for moderate Somali groups have warned the Somali people not to use Hormuud Telecommunications Company, because Hormuud personnel listen in on conversations for al-Shabaab.
Worse, Hormuud itself was implicated in the facilitation of the most deadly terror attack in Somalia’s history, which occurred just last year.
According to a United Nations Security Council Report:
“On 14 October 2017 a large vehicle-borne improvised explosive device exploded killing as many as 582 people. It was the deadliest terror attack in the country’s history.
Two employees of the principal Somali telecommunications provider, Hormuud Telecom Somalia Inc., were also prosecuted in connection with the attack, for facilitating the entry of the large vehicle-borne improvised explosive device through the Sinka Dheere checkpoint on the outskirts of Mogadishu.”
So, as Tawhidi explained, “Al-Shabab is a US Listed Terrorist Organization, and Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is calling for the protection of their financier and main backer, Hormuud Telecom.”
In 2015, Somali al-Shabaab members pledged their allegiance to ISIS, so indirectly, the congresswoman is supporting a stated enemy of the United States, whom President Donald J. Trump has actively worked to destroy.
In 2016, the group attempted a suicide bombing of Daallo Airlines Flight 159. Fortunately, the only person killed was the bomber, and the plane was able to emergency land safely.
The group has committed hundreds more terror attacks in eastern Africa. Make no mistake. If al-Shabaab found its way to the United States, it would kill as many of us as possible – yet we have an elected congresswoman calling for the support of their main financier.
Peter D'Abrosca is a freelance investigative reporter, author, and conservative political commentator.
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