In recent months terrorists have been more active in Africa than any region on the planet. The Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT), a non-profit research group, has released testimony by longtime federal prosecutor W. Anders Folk that al-shabaab, the Somalia based, terrorist group is becoming increasingly active in the United States. “U.S. policymakers need “to take al-Shabaab seriously,” Folk said.
According to an investigative report issued by the House Homeland Security Committee, federal indictments of individuals related to al-Shabaab “account for the largest number and significant upward trend in homegrown terrorism cases” filed by the Justice Department. At least 38 cases have been made public since 2009.
Once such case concerned Abdisalan Ali of Minneapolis, who al-Shabaab credited with being the suicide bomber in an attack in Mogadishu that killed 10 people on Oct. 29 th. Ali’s suicide audio tape carried the message, “My brothers and sisters, do jihad in America, do jihad in Canada, do jihad in England, anywhere in Europe, in Asia, in Africa, in Australia.” Two other Somali-Americans have blown themselves up on al-shabaab suicide missions since October 2008. According to the The House Homeland Security Committee 40 or more Americans have joined al-Shabaab terrorist ranks and at least 15 of them were killed in fighting. “Nowhere near that number of Americans have been killed fighting with any other foreign terrorist group,” the panel said. “At least 21 or more American Shabaab members overseas remain unaccounted for and pose a direct threat to the U.S. homeland.”