Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Sheikh Ali Mohamoud Raghe alias Sheikh Ali Dhere, the
spokesperson of al-Shabaab, has vowed his militants will capture and
unite all the territories in Somalia.
The militant group spokesperson made the remark on
al-Andalus, a broadcaster run by the radical Islamist group on Sunday.
“We are going to link Somalia’s territory from Ras Asayr (in the north)
to Ras Kamboni (in the south),” said Sheikh Ali Dhere.
The outspoken cleric was welcoming news of a merger
between al-Shabaab and an ardent Islamist militias fighting Puntland, a
semiautonomous state in Northeastern Somalia.
Last week, Sheikh Yasin Khalid Osman alias Yasin
Kilwa, a publicly unheard person, announced via the same radio that a
group that has been fighting Puntland joined al-Shabaab, which itself
recently merged with al-Qaeda.
According to the released voice of Sheikh Osman,
the group that was based around Galgala mountain base just outside
Bossaso town, the commercial capital of Puntland, 1,500 kilometres
northeast of Mogadishu, was now part of al-Shabaab.