Al Shabaab terrorist operations in Somalia cannot be described as “jihad”, but as hostile mafia practices aimed at protecting the economic interests of nefarious external parties, most importantly, Gulf Arab interests. Many defectors from al Shabaab have resolutely stated that they deserted the terror group upon realizing that HSM activities are not sanctioned by Islam, but are meant to protect and further the economic interests of Arabs at the expense of the local population.
One of the defectors has confessed that al Shabaab operates as a criminal business enterprise which levies illegal taxes on the local population besides destroying the local economy in order to ensure that the locals are subjugated by an external race.
SIS can reliably conclude that al Shabaab’s activities in Somalia are illegitimate criminal practices cloaked in the religious garment of “Jihad”. HSM is using Islam as a cover for its illicit deeds and undertakings; and Islamic clerics must come out strongly against the group.