By Wayne Downing-General US. Army (retired), Distinguieshed Chair Combating Terrorism Center US Military Academy
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2 This was the first of what would become a series of differences in opinion between the more cautious national leadership of AIAI and militant commanders in the field. In the aftermath, AIAI restructured decision-making in an attempt to concentrate power in the hands of senior figures. The second setback for AIAI occurred in Bosaso, Puntland, in 1992. 3 AIAI briefly took control of all main towns in the region and declared an Islamic administration, but the dominant Mijerteen clan in the Northeast assembled a militia which routed the Islamists.
80 Over the past two years, the Union of Islamic Courts essentially took control of many parts of Somalia due to its ability to provide law and order. The nature of its very name, “Islamic Courts,” suggests that the benefits of security may be the foothold that al-Qa’ida can use in an attempt to spread its ideology. 75 Harmony, AFGP-2002-800640, 3. Harmony, AFGP-2002-600113, 6. 77 Harmony, AFGP-2002-600113, 3. 78 Ibid. 79 Author interview, Kenyan fisherman, 28 September, 2001. See Appendix C-I.
The diaspora today plays a powerful and complex role in Somalia’s economy and its political life. Remittances total up to one billion dollars annually, keeping the 30 economy afloat. Many if not most of the key leaders in secular political groupings, Islamist movements and civil society organizations are diaspora members. Some of the hardline Somali Islamists are diaspora members as well. Islamists have successfully recruited young Somali diaspora members to return to Somalia to join jihadi militias.
Al-Qaida's MisAdventures in the Horn of Africa by Wayne Downing-General US. Army (retired), Distinguieshed Chair Combating Terrorism Center US Military Academy