New Al-Shabab video calls Trump ‘brain­less bil­lion­aire’

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

The So­ma­lia-based Al-Shabab is mock­ing Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump in a new video that calls him a “brain­less bil­lion­aire” as his ad­min­is­tra­tion steps up mil­i­tary ef­forts against what has be­come the dead­li­est Is­lamic ex­trem­ist group in Africa. The SITE In­tel­li­gence Group says the video re­leased Sun­day in­cludes the crit­i­cism of Trump as it ad­dresses next month’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion in neigh­bor­ing Kenya.

The Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabab has claimed a grow­ing num­ber of deadly at­tacks in Kenya as the elec­tion ap­proaches, and Kenyan Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta this month de­clared a new of­fen­sive against the ex­trem­ists. Trump ear­lier this year ap­proved ex­panded mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions against Al-Shabab, in­clud­ing more ag­gres­sive airstrikes and con­sid­er­ing parts of south­ern So­ma­lia ar­eas of ac­tive hos­til­i­ties. So­ma­lia also is in­cluded in Trump’s ban on refugees and vis­i­tors from six mostly Mus­lim coun­tries.

The new video says US vot­ers elected “ar­guably the most stupid pres­i­dent a coun­try could ever have” and says Trump is “mak­ing the United States the great­est joke on earth and is now pro­pel­ling it fur­ther to its even­tual de­feat and de­struc­tion.” The ex­trem­ist group has vowed ret­ri­bu­tion on Kenya in par­tic­u­lar for send­ing its troops to So­ma­lia to take part in a multi­na­tional African Union force against Al-Shabab.

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