Al-Shabaab Concludes Consultative Conference on Boosting “Jihad” in East Africa

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – The Somali Islamist group, Al-Shabaab has concluded a five day consultative conference on the continuation of fighting against the Somali government and foreign forces in Somalia, according to a communiqué issued by the group.

The conference hosted renowned religious scholars, traditional leaders, Al-Shabaab leaders and other dignitaries who came together to discuss the relevance of maintaining sustainability of the war the group wages against Somali government and foreign forces in Somalia.

Following a 5 day conference, Al-Shabaab religious scholars issued a 5 point Fatwa focusing a number of issues ranging from the forthcoming elections in Somalia, the national draft constitution and the presence of foreign troops in the country –to the current efforts toward East African social and economic integration.

The Fatwa (a ruling on a point of Islamic law given by a recognized authority) which was signed by 40 religious scholars describes forthcoming “democratic” elections in Somalia and the East African social integration, particularly the wished-for merger of Somalia and Ethiopia as unlawful according to the Sharia Law.

The religious scholars also stated that the western backed government in Mogadishu is an “apostate” administration and that fighting it is obligatory upon all Somalis.

The group has also issued a communiqué of several pages that details what was discussed during the 5 day consultative conference hosted by Al-Shabaab leaders.

What is more astonishing about this conference is an ostentatiously decorated hall where dignitaries had gathered seeable from images taken from the venue.

It’s unclear how such a conference that hosted Al-Shabaab leaders, officers and supporters was possibly held despite growing US airstrikes that indiscriminately target the group’s members and civilians alike.

Below are the images taken from the Hall where Al-Shabaab’s consultative conference was held.

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