Mogadishu, 25 July 2009 (Somalilandpress) — Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys, the leader of Hizbul Islam [Islamic party], will be lobbying for his rebel organisation to forge ties with other Islamists groups in the country and to oust the government of Sheikh Sharif from power, he disclosed on Friday.

Aweys, who is said to have close links with Al-Qaeda, told a large crowd of worshippers in Aba Hureira Mosque that his rebel movement will unite with the notorious Al-shabab faction. He added that both rebels will be united bands under his leadership and that the ‘jihad against the enemies of Islam’ will continue.

He told his followers to be patient and that in his view, it was not right to stop the war after twenty years of anarchy, he felt the overall goal of  “to achieve victory over the enemies” was not accomplished.

Al shabab [the youth], founded in 2006, is headed by 32 year old Somaliland native, Ahmed Abdi Aw-Mohamed. He is also known as Mukhtar Abu Zubeyr or Godane.  Al shabab, often operate alongside another radical group, the Ras Kamboni Brigade, founded by Sheikh Hassan Turki, a native of Ogaden region of Ethiopia.
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Dahir Aweys created Hisbul Islam after his old alley; Sheikh Sharif was elected as the head of Somalia’s Transitional government in Djibouti in January. By late February, Hisbul Islam was waging war on the Transitional government forces and African Union troops in Mogadishu alongside Al-shabab.

The merger will only mean more influence in the region; the rebels already control six provinces of the nine provinces in “southern” Somalia. The other three regions, Hiran, Middle Shabelle and Galgadud are considered disputed between Islamist groups allied with the government and Al Shabab wing. Sheikh Sharif’s administration has little control outside the presidential villa, analyst believe, it be gone too without the presence of AU forces.

Early last week, Hisbul Islam shared French hostages with Al shabab camp in a gesture of conciliation, it seems now they are ready to forge official brotherhood ties.

Source: Somalilandpress


  1. Hassan Alturki,is Hassan Turki and He is Ogaden But not a native from the Ogaden Region,

  2. I hope sheikh Aweis group and the Alshabab group will fight and destroy each other and then, it will be good news for the rest of Somalis who are peace loving people.

  3. Al- shebab and other so called jihadists are preaching and introducing to Somalia an alien type of Islamic teaching that has nothing to do with the mainstream religion of Islam. It is a bizzare doctrine that no Somali can understand and is new to Somalis as a new religion.

    I hope the hapless Somalis will to come to their senses and unite to get ride of these ruthless morons who are brainwashed by distant un-Islamic bodies. These ignorant jihadists are an embarassment and are humiliating the Somalis because they are submissive to their handlers to the degree that they are told to change their Somali names and are even glad to be told which names they can have. They have disowned theirs and are working towards changing the Somali identity.

    They are remotely controlled, manipulated, and instructed by their masters.

  4. George, everyone is accountable for their own actions.

    Jesus (peace be upon him) is a Prophet who came to tell people to worship God alone, not to be taken as a God or son of God.

    Which bible do you want people to read?

  5. Why, dont you believe in religious freedom for the people of Somalia which is for their good ?