14 Indicted For Aiding Somali Terrorist Group

Friday, August 06, 2010

Laura E. Duffy (L), U.S. Attorney in California, B. Todd Jones (2L), U.S. Attorney for Minnesota, and David Kris (2R), listen as Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. speaks about terrorism arrests. (Brendan Smialowski/Getty)

Fourteen people, mostly of Somali descent, have been accused of providing support to the Somali terrorist group al-Shabab. That’s the group that claimed responsibility for a bombing last month that killed 76 people who were watching a World Cup match in Uganda, including an American aid worker. Al-Shabab have declared war on the United Nations and humanitarian organizations in Somalia. A handful of people have been arrested in recent weeks on charges they were leaving to aid the terrorist group.

To learn more about the 14 people arrested and the strength of al-Shabab in Somalia, we talk with Thomas Mockaitis, a professor of history at De Paul University and an expert in counterterrorism. We also hear from Abdi Aynte, who recently traveled to Somalia to conduct research on a book he is working on about al-Shabab.


Abdi Aynte and Thomas Mockaitis

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja

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