Ilhan Omar calls for protection of Somali organization known for terrorist leadership, financing of terrorism

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In a report published Thursday at the Times of Israel, Mohammad Tawhidi said Ilhan Omar, the anti-Semitic, America-hating, terrorist-sympathizing Democrat from Minnesota, declared her support for a Somali organization known for terrorist leadership and financing of terrorism.

“Somali government and peacekeeping forces, need to protect @Hormuud and the Somali telecom industry as they make enormous contribution to the economy and provide vital services,” Omar said on Twitter.  “During my visit to Somalia in 2011, I was surprised by the quick evolution of technology in Somalia.”

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Tawhidi said the tweet almost went unnoticed until it was brought to his attention.

He further explained the problem with Omar’s public statement of support and call for “peacekeeping forces.”

Mrs. Omar has publicly called for the protection of Hormuud. Yet Hormuud Telecom has been mentioned as a sponsor of terrorism, not once, not twice, but many, many times. 

What is Hormuud?

Hormuud Telecom Somalia Inc. is a private Somalian telecommunications company founded by Ahmed Nur Ali Jimale in April of 2002.

Ahmed Nur Ali Jimale, Founder of Hormuud and Financier of Al-Shabab Terrorist Organization.

The United Nations Security Council’s Report of the Secretary-General on the situation in Somalia, dated 20 July 2009, contained the following paragraphs involving the activities of Ahmed Nur Ali Jimale, his company Hormuud and his direct support for al-Shabaab, a jihadist militant Islamic terrorist group in Somalia…

The UN report cited by Tawhidi states:

“Ali Ahmed Nur Jim’ale (Jim’ale) has served in leadership roles with the former Somali Council of Islamic Courts, also known as the Somali Islamic Courts Union, which was a radical-Islamist element. The most radical elements of the Somali Islamic Courts Union eventually formed the group known as al-Shabaab.

Al-Shabaab was listed for targeted sanctions in April 2010 by the United Nations Security Council committee established pursuant to resolutions 751 (1992) and 1907 concerning Somalia and Eritrea (the “Somalia/Eritrea Sanctions Committee”).

“According to the July 18, 2011 report of the Somalia/Eritrea Sanctions Committee’s Monitoring Group (S/2011/433), Jim’ale is identified as a prominent businessman and figure in the al-Shabaab charcoal-sugar trading cycle and benefitting from privileged relationships with al-Shabaab.”

“Jim’ale is identified as one of al-Shabaab’s chief financiers and is ideologically aligned with al-Shabaab.”

As of fall 2007, Jim’ale established a front company in Djibouti for extremist activities called the Investors Group. The short term goal of the group was, through the funding of extremist activities and weapons purchases, to destabilize Somaliland. The group assisted in smuggling small arms from Eritrea through Djibouti into the 5th region of Ethiopia where extremists received the shipment. As of mid-2008, Jim’ale continued to operate the Investors Group.

As of late September 2010, Jim’ale established ZAAD, a mobile-to-mobile money transfer business and struck a deal with al-Shabaab to make money transfers more anonymous by eliminating the need to show identification. As of late 2009, Jim’ale had a known hawala fund where he collected zakat, which was provided to al-Shabaab.

Jim’ale also controls Hormuud Telecommunications (“Hormuud”). Hormuud Telecommunications is a company identified as being one of the single largest financiers of al-Shabaab, which includes large lump sum payments to al-Shabaab in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and these payments to al-Shabaab were facilitated by Jim’ale.

Hormuud Telecommunications has provided key material and logistical support to al-Shabaab to include weapons, private fighters, and ammunition.”

Spokespersons for moderate Somali groups have warned the Somali people not to use Hormuud Telecommunications Company, because Hormuud personnel listen in on conversations for al-Shabaab.

He also noted that two employees of the company were prosecuted in connection with the deadliest terror attack in the country’s history that killed 582 people in 2017.

In brief, Tawhidi said, “Al-Shabab is a US Listed Terrorist Organization, and Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is calling for the protection of their financier and main backer, Hormuud Telecom.”

Apparently, some people did some things in Somalia, and now Omar wants the perpetrators to be protected.

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Tawhidi notes this isn’t the first time Omar has sided with terrorists.  As we and others reported, Omar once asked a judge for compassion and leniency in a case involving men who sought to join ISIS.  She also denigrated the 9/11 terror attacks and blamed the U.S. for a terrorist attack in Kenya.  It should be noted that attack was carried out by al-Shabaab.

Coincidence?  You be the judge.

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