Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Somalia's Mujahideen Youth Movement

by Andrew Black from The Jamestown Foundation

On June 2 the U.S. military struck positions in northern Somalia (South African Broadcasting Corporation, June 3). U.S. military spokespersons have yet to identify the targets of the attack; however, a statement released by Mujahideen Youth Movement (MYM) via the Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF)—an information medium strongly identified with the core elements of the Global Salafi-Jihad—claimed that none of the group's members had been killed or injured in the strikes. Although it is nearly impossible to determine whether there is a direct link between al-Libi's statement and the emergence of MYM, the near concurrence of these events at least suggests a causal relationship.

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