Amer­i­can ter­ror­ists

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

Intelligence sources tell us sev­eral Amer­i­cans — or at least peo­ple hold­ing U.S. pass­ports — were cap­tured among the 6,000 Is­lamists fight­ing on be­half of the ousted Is­lamic Courts Union (ICU) dur­ing the on­go­ing con­flict in So­ma­lia.

The Amer­i­can pass­port hold­ers are be­ing held and in­ter­ro­gated in Kenya. Ac­cord­ing to our sources, one of the Amer­i­can Is­lamists had re­ceived pilot train­ing in the past, an in­di­ca­tion that he may be a ter­ror­ist who could be used in a fu­ture al Qaeda op­er­a­tion to hi­jack an air­craft and use it as a mis­sile, as oc­curred dur­ing the Septem­ber 11 at­tacks on the World Trade Cen­ter and Pen­tagon.

The re­cent fight­ing by Ethiopian and tran­si­tional fed­eral gov­ern­ment forces against the par­tially rul­ing ICU forced thou­sands of Is­lamist fight­ers of the ICU to move south to Kis­mayo and Ras Kam­boni, on the Kenyan border.

Army Lt. Gen. Michael Maples, di­rec­tor of the De­fense Intelligence Agency, told the Se­nate intelligence com­mit­tee in writ­ten tes­ti­mony two weeks ago that Ethiopian forces were in hot pur­suit of the Is­lamists.

“Ethiopia likely in­tends to elim­i­nate as many of the rad­i­cal Is­lamists and their camps as pos­si­ble be­fore with­draw­ing,” Gen. Maples said.

He said “mul­ti­ple re­ports” from the re­gion in­di­cate “the pres­ence of for­eign train­ers in So­ma­lia from Afghanistan, Pak­istan and the Ara­bian Penin­sula.”

“Al Qaeda is as­sessed to be as­sist­ing the rad­i­cal Is­lamist el­e­ments of the [ICU] with lead­er­ship and train­ing with hopes of es­tab­lish­ing a fu­ture Tal­iban­like state,” he said.

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