An American unmanned drone launched a missile attack on one of Alshabab’s most cold-blooded leaders on Sunday, 30 July 2017 in southern Somalia. The drove attack killed a man, who is dubbed the cruelest terror mastermind in Mogadishu’s history.
The drone strike killed Alshabab’s emir in charge of Mogadishu Ali Mohamed Hussein aka Ali Jabal, who directed all terror acts happening in the capital city, he was running the post for almost a decade and a half. The terrorist was killed with his 12 years old son Mohamed Amin, who was minor enough to be innocent, but was a child soldier guarding his ruthless father. Six weeks after the death of Ali Jabal, some very graphic “Kill lists” emerge from the ruins of his leftover stuff.
In one of two shocking lists, found after the killing of Ali Jabal, there appear 13 names of famous Somalia Army Officers, military, police, and intelligence, who were – early 2000s nominated – as counter-terrorism unit in the country by a former Transitional National Government President Abdikasim Salad Hassan.
All officers in the list are dead now, and all of them were assassinated by Alshabab except one officer, the late Colonel Amin Siid Ahmed, who passed away in Mogadishu in October 2013, but his family remain in hiding because of fear from the group’s reprisal.
Colonel Amiin fled the country soon after he escaped from an assassination attempt in his house in April 2003 and he was in hiding for more than 10 years before he returned the country and died in Mogadishu in 2013. He was the first Somalia official, who arrested suspected terrorists from Iraq and Syria in 2003 and took them to Djibouti to hand them over to the US AFRICOM officials for interrogation purposes.
The first document, which is two pages, very rough, old, and dirty, tops the name of the late Gen. Mohamed Abdi Mohamed, the former commander of Somalia National Army, who was assassinated in his house in Mogadishu, September 2004 by masked Alshabab terrorists.
Ali Jabal’s departure can be seen as a loss to the terror group because he was an institutional memory who led Alshabab’s merciless Amniyaat unit in Mogadishu for more than 12 years. The Amniyaat carried out all terror activity under the ideology of AlQaeda. Their terrorism claimed the lives of thousands of innocent lives through assassinations, suicide bombings, shelling, and face-to-face battles as well as storming compounds, restaurants, and hotels.
The killing of Ali Jabal is not enough justice for the thousands of lives he had taken, the pains of families that are still suffering from the traumatic experiences sustained during Alshabab’s unforgiving attacks and assassinations, but still a relief of his personal acts.
“The killing of Ali Jabal is a relief for us, but not a full justice, we need the justice of ALLAAH in the hereafter, we need him to face a justice that he can’t escape and that is ALLAAH’s” Said Barni – not her real name for her own security – a refugee mother, who lives in South Africa with her 6 orphaned children.
Barni confirmed that she lost her husband when Alshabab gunned him down as he was sitting in front of the house with his kids. Almost every family member of the 13 army officers was a target for Alshabab, some of the murdered victims were minors as young as 4 years, while others are living with the painful trauma, among them Barni’s son, Nur, now 16, who lost his leg 12 years ago when he was only 4 years and his father was slain in front of him.
“I fled from Somalia in 2005 when my husband was murdered, and my two younger children were injured the time their father was killed because he was sitting with them” “I am keeping the kids here, I have a shop in a small village in South Africa, it is dangerous and I can be killed here by South African gangs, but it is still better than living in Mogadishu, where Ali Jabal and his heartless terror network can follow me every day.
In the second 3 pages of the assassination list, a prominent Somali investigative Journalist, Dahir Abdulle Alasow, tops. Fortunately, he is alive and didn’t fall into the bloody hands of Alshabab.
Alasow, who is an outstanding critic of the terror group’s atrocious attacks on civilians, lives in the Netherlands, where he got asylum from the Dutch government.
In the list, Alshabab calls the journalists spies, and under the document, there is an Arabic text vowing that those on the lists and their families will never be forgiven by the terrorists.
The dirty and horrific document lists over 30 names of journalists and media managers, who are called criminals and spies on the list. 14 out of the 33 names of journalists on the list, were already slain, while others who are still working in the media had remained on the “Death list” for ten years without their knowledge.
Alshabab claimed the death of Ali Jabal in a long Arabic language statement, which was released 30 days after his killing.
In the statement, the terror group said, “On Sunday, 30 July 2017, when he was in his daily activity, and when he was giving the enemy tough lessons, as he stayed the base that was neighboring to his region (Mogadishu), the American coward planes tried to bomb him, first it missed the target and the second time it hit the target, and he got his martyrdom with his 12 years old son Mohamed Amin”
The statement continued “His time has come to an end, our hearts are sad, our eyes are crying, and we can only say O Ali your departure is a grave pain to us”
But not everyone is sad about his death. People of Mogadishu see his death as a part of the justice done, but regarding the revealed documents safety is miles away from those in the list.
A retired former police officer, Hassan Hareed Mohamed believes that Ali Jabal faced the reality and tasted death, but his network is still intact and may recruit another ruthless individual that can continue the brutal terrorist acts in the city and surroundings.