Den islamistiske al Shabaab-militsen i Somalia erkjenner nå åpent at den har hatt og har kontakt med Al Qaida. I Norge har flere forsøkt å fremstille al Shabaab som en nasjonal motstandsbevegelse.

After once denying or downplaying links to the terrorist network, a senior leader of Somalia’s most notorious Islamic militia now acknowledges that his group has long-standing ties to Al Qaeda and says he is seeking to forge a closer relationship.

«We are negotiating how we can unite into one,» said Muktar Robow, a top military commander of Shabab, which the U.S. State Department designated a terrorist organization this year. «We will take our orders from Sheik Osama bin Laden because we are his students.»

Merging with Al Qaeda operatives in the region makes sense, he said, given the recent U.S. crackdown, including a May 1 airstrike that killed Shabab’s previous commander.

«Al Qaeda is the mother of the holy war in Somalia,» he said. «Most of our leaders were trained in Al Qaeda camps. We get our tactics and guidelines from them. Many have spent time with Osama bin Laden.»

Conditions may be ripe for Al Qaeda in Somalia