WASHINGTON (Somaliguardian) – The State Department on Friday announced the addition of two senior leaders of the militant group Al-Shabaab to its Specially Designated Global Terrorist list, as Islamist fighters continue to beset the Horn of Africa nation despite efforts by the international community to help rebuild the army.
The designation of Ali Mohamed Rage (Ali Dhere) and Abdikadir Mohamed Abdikadir also exposes to possible US sanctions individuals or foreign institutions who engage in certain transactions with them.
“Ali Mohamed Rage, also known as Ali Dheere, is al-Shabaab’s spokesman and a senior leader of the group. He replaced Sheikh Mukhtar Robow as al-Shabaab’s top spokesman in May 2009. Rage has been involved in attack planning that has targeted areas in Kenya and Somalia,” US Secretary of State said in a statement on Friday.
“Abdikadir Mohamed Abdkadir, also known as Ikrima, is a facilitator and operational planner. As of November 2019, Abdikadir was an al-Shabaab senior leader and served as the Head of Operations and Logistics. Abdikadir had also directed previous attack planning for al-Shabaab.”
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