On December 3, 2005, WardheerNews has reported that a local Somali religious leader, Sheikh Mohamed Duale Moley, was abducted and transferred to Djibouti by an armed militia. Along with an Oromo Sheikh from Ethiopia, the armed abductors were alleged that they would hand over the victims to the government of Djibouti, who will, in time, pass them over to U.S. army commanders in the region.
The trade on alleged Islamist and religious individuals has been a big business in Somalia and in Mogadishu in particular for some time now. This is a lucrative business that very much feeds into the current orientation of the United States government's foreign policy, which is centered on a worldwide hunt for alleged Islamists and terrorists.
With its menacing and ominous neighborhoods and the ever-growing number of freelancing warlords, hunting for alleged terrorists has become a lucrative business in Mogadishu. The pay off that comes from handing these victims over to American military commanders could easily empower these warlords to continue the present status quo and tip the balance of power in Mogadishu or elsewhere in the country.
Between the year 2002 and this past week of December 3, 2005, approximately 15 individuals have been abducted from the religious communities in Mogadishu alone. Entirely all the abducted victims were handed over to either Djibouti, American commanders in the region or Ethiopia. In fact the number of transferred abducted victims could go up to more than hundred if one accounts for all the alleged terrorists that the administration of Somaliland had handed over to Ethiopia and the others abducted from elsewhere in the country. There are a lot of speculations that this bounty is given to the American commanders in the region or their client states in exchange for American cash and cache.
Abducting or hunting for bounty of alleged terrorists in Mogadishu has lately intensified with the introduction of short and tactical guns with silencers, which are now conveniently carried widely by those who trade on this business. In the case of Somaliland, however, it is the Hargaysa administration that abducts suspected individuals and hands them over to either Ethiopia or to American commanders.
The best-known individuals who hunt on this new bounty in the confines of Mogadishu in particular are Bashir Raage, a notorious warlord in Mogadishu who had reportedly conducted a recent secret meeting with members of the FBI and Abdiweli Mohamed Qanyare, son of Mohamed Qanyare, another infamous warlord and a recalcitrant minister for security in the newly formed Transitional Federal Government of Somalia.
Most of the abducted individuals are innocent local sheikhs with no known links to the Al Qa'ida Terrorist group.
In 2004, Mohamed Dheere of Jawhar has kidnapped a patient of Yemeni origin from Kaysanay hospital. He later on handed the victim over to the Americans. When investigated, the Americans have discovered that the Yemeni-born abducted victim was innocent and released him.
Ethiopia has also released several innocent people whom the Somaliland administration had handed over as terrorists. The individuals who are abducted generally are those who lack enough clan protection or those who are not indigenous of the localities they are kidnapped from. For example, the latest abductee, Mr. Duale, hails from the Ogaden clan and does not command any influence in Mogadishu. Mr. Abdiweli Qanyare, whose militia has abducted Mr. Duale, knows well that his actions would not result in any retaliation, at least inside Mogadishu given the abductor's political and clan base inside his city.
A real contribution to the war against international terrorism would have been apprehending Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aways, Sheikh Abdulkadir M. Jama, Sheikh Yusuf Mohamed Siyad alias sheikh Indha Cadde, Adan Hashi Ayrow and all the known big fishes who openly preach terrorist sentiments inside Mogadishu.
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