Fuad Shongole also says: “America is waging a war in the Horn of Africa because they are responsive to the Quran verses saying that the Islamic flag will fly in every corner of the world.” What? There are Qur’an verses saying that the Islamic flag will fly in every corner of the world? Ibrahim Hooper, call your office! Time to denounce Fuad Shongole as a hate-filled Islamophobe!
Seriously, Shongole probably has verses such as this one in mind: “And fight them until there is no fitnah and the religion, all of it, is for Allah.” (Qur’an 8:39)
“Somali Extremist Threatens US, Kenya With Attacks,” The Associated Press, May 22, 2014 9:23 AM ET
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Making a rare threat against the United States, a senior member of Somalia’s Islamic insurgent group that has carried out terrorist attacks abroad said Thursday that holy war will come to America and that Islam’s flag will one day fly over Washington.
The al-Shabab fighter, who has a $5 million U.S. bounty on his head, said in a speech broadcast on the rebels’ radio station that al-Shabab fighters would carry out jihad, or holy war, in Kenya and Uganda “and afterward, with God’s will, to America.”
“America is waging a war in the Horn of Africa because they are responsive to the Quran verses saying that the Islamic flag will fly in every corner of the world,” Fuad Mohamed Khalaf, also known as Fuad Shongole, said, referring to Islam’s holy book.
U.S. officials have long feared that any of the several dozen Somali-Americans who have left the U.S. to join the extremist fighters could travel back to the United States to carry out terror attacks. Senior al-Shabab leaders have rarely, if ever, publicly threatened to carry out attacks in the U.S….
The U.S. Treasury Department in 2010 imposed sanctions on Shongole, which froze any assets he had in U.S. jurisdictions. Shongole sought asylum in Sweden in the 1990s and has Swedish citizenship. He returned to Somalia in the mid-2000s to fight with the Islamic Courts Union, a militant group that preceded al-Shabab.
In his radio message, Shongole also threatened to launch more attacks in Kenya and Uganda. Both countries contribute troops to the African Union force waging war against al-Shabab inside Somalia.
“We swear by the almighty Allah that we’ll move the war into Kenya, so let’s see who suffers most,” said Shongole, who spoke before a noisy crowd of supporters. “If one Somali girl is killed by their soldiers in Somalia, we shall murder their girls at home.”