Why aren’t Sheikh Aweys and Sh. Ali Dheere on US Terror List?

Nairobi (Keydmedia) - USA offer up to 33 Million US$ for Shabab Leaders and increasing its mission on countering terrorism around the world by hunting down some of the remaining top Al-Qaeda members, the United States this week officially announced $33 million dollars has been earmarked for those who aid in the hunt of several top Somali al-Shabaab officials. What is more interesting, however, is who is not included on the list.
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Why aren’t Sheikh Aweys and Sh. Ali Dheere on US Terror List?

The men listed are the top leveled individuals in Al-Qaeda’s Somalia wing - al-Shabaab aligned with Al-Qaeda in February of this year - which opposes the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the presence of African Union peacekeepers of (AMISOM) in the country. These wanted men on the Rewards for Justice list include Mukhtaar Abuu Zubeyr formerly known as Ahmed Godane (aka) Ahmed Abdi Aw-Mohamed, the leader of al-Shabaab, Mukhtaar Robow Ali Abuu Mansoor, Fuad Mohamed Khalaf Shongole, Ibrahim Haji Jama, Bashir Mohamed Mahamoud, Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi, and Abdullahi Yare.

Other senior members, however, are not named in the US list, such as radicalist leaders Hassan Dahir Aweys and Ali Mahamud (Ali Dheere).In joint Analysis lead by Mr. Daacad an expert of Somali political and religious issues, explain the recent move. “This is not first time for the US to hunt Al-Qaeda leaders throughout the world.

It has already conducted targeted drone strikes against senior members of al-Shabaab movement in Somalia," he said. “But now the use of reward money might mean it is possible to affect the future of these guys. You know they have had quite a bit of freedom in Somalia, the men on the list and the foreign fighters, however this is a new game. With American focus on Somalia and their own political game, their announcement on rewards should help a little in the pursuit of Somali’s Al-Qaeda key players," added the analyst.

The Mr.Daacad, explained there are two possible reasons why the US government would offer the rewards now. “I do understand the US government was looking for an opening to pursue the heads of al-Shabaab. Now that they are fleeing from many regions and losing ground, perhaps the the leaders know the end is in sight and they are fugitives. There is nowhere that they would choose to seek asylum unless they have a pre-arranged secret haven or an

Article 21 May 2021 10:14

I read your article on Foreign Policy with keen eyes and interest. While whining from public officials does not deserve response from any sensible citizen of the Republic of Somalia, I felt compelled to counter false narrative with more objective analysis.