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Can anyone tell me how accurate/likely the U.S.' accusation about links between the ICU and al-Qaeda are? Have they released any evidence to support the claim? And if there is a link, is it extensive?

The Heathlander
by heathlander on Sun Apr 29th, 2007 at 11:17:24 AM EST
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Perhaps Interpol, the US State Department or the CIA?  Quite frankly, I'm not particularly interested in that issue since such allegations are usually pretexts for other (hidden) agendas.  After all, the US has no qualms about jumping in bed with Al Qaeda when it suits the gov't's ends.

"Beware of the man who does not talk, and the dog that does not bark." Cheyenne
by maracatu on Sun Apr 29th, 2007 at 01:38:51 PM EST
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I don't really know, and as Maracatu said, I doubt anyone outside the ICU, Al Qaida, or the relevant intelligence agencies really knows for sure.

There have been claims that Al Qaida linked individuals were involved in the ICU, although in what capacity they were involved was either not said, or forgotten by me.  That may well be possible.  It seems probable that the ICU recieved money and support from a variety of international Islamic aid and support societies, most of which the US government views as either very suspicious, or as directly supportive of terrorism.

The thing is, even if Al Qaida was giving money to the ICU, it was money that was being spent in Somalia.  The ICU wasn't supporting terrorism outside of Somalia - they had enough on their hands in Somalia.

Who knows, though,  Maybe they would have turned into another Taliban-style supporter of Al Qaida and international jihad.  Maybe Al Qaida was hoping that some covert financial aid at the early stage would get them a foot in the door.

But which is worse?  Warlords governing over chaos?  Unceasing war?  Al Qaida bases?  I dunno.  Given the array of bad possibilities, in this situation I'd probably take my chances with the ICU.  Al Qaida could, if it so chose, operate in a lawless environment almost as well as it could with full state support, I reckon.

by Zwackus on Sun Apr 29th, 2007 at 09:12:03 PM EST
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