Ahmed Abdi Godane, then-leader, 2014

Ahmed Abdi Godane
Al-Shabab

“There is no way that you, the Kenyan public could possibly endure a prolonged war in Somalia and you cannot also withstand a war of attrition inside your own country. So make your choice today and withdraw all your forces from the Islamic Wilāyāt, otherwise be prepared for an abundance of blood that will be spilt on your country, economic downfall and displacement. (Audio message regarding Westgate Mall attack)A Shabāb Mujahid Bro, “End of Safari,” Inspire Magazine, no. 12 (Spring 2014): 30, https://azelin.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/inspire-magazine-issue-12.pdf. See Aaron Y. Zelin, “al-Qā’idah in the Arabian Peninsula’s al-Malāḥim Media releases Inspire Magazine Issue #12,” Jihadology, March 14, 2014, http://jihadology.net/2014/03/14/al-qaidah-in-the-arabian-peninsulas-al-mala%E1%B8%A5im-media-releases-inspire-magazine-issue-12/.

Ahmed Abdi Godane (Mukhtar Abu Zubair)
Sep. 2013