Nobody would have noticed Ilhan Omar’s tweet last week if Mohammad Tawhidi hadn’t pointed it out. The anti-Islamist activist reported that our infamous Muslim lawmaker is really calling for “the protection of a Somali company with clear and known terror connections.”
Replying to a tweet complaining about how the Kenyan military keeps blowing up Hormud telecom equipment in Gedo, Somalia, Omar tapped out, “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.”
Those vital services, according to the UN Security Council, include, “a mobile-to-mobile money transfer business” that allows “al-Shabaab to make money transfers more anonymous by eliminating the need to show identification.” Not only that, the company’s founder, Ahmed Nur Ali Jim’ale, is known to be “a chief financier of the al-Shbaab terror organization, al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Somalia.”
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.
During my visit to Somalia in 2011, I was surprised by the quick evolution of technology in Somalia. https://t.co/u1vAht8sUo
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) August 25, 2019
Jim’ale is in charge of funding “extremist activities and weapons purchases,” to destabilize the Somali government. Hormuud Telecommunications has been “identified as being one of the single largest financiers of al-Shabaab,” providing, “key material and logistical support” including, “weapons, private fighters, and ammunition.”
As reported by Sunatimes, “Al-Shabaab gets $200,000 from Hormuud Telecom every month.” According to one Hormuud employee, almost half of the employees work with the terrorists either directly or indirectly. “They receive every month print out of Hawala and bank statements, they also have access to the telephone calls.” That’s one of the best benefits of running the phone company, you get to listen in to everyone.
In 2017, Hormuud employees were involved with an attack that killed 582 people, “facilitating the entry of the vehicle used in the attack through a checkpoint on the outskirts of Mogadishu.”
Last year, Kenyan forces hung two Hormuud Telecom employees from their antenna mast, then blew up the rest of the facility. A regional intelligence outlet wrote at the time:
“Terrorist groups have become increasingly adept at eluding detection through use of cash, sophisticated laundering operations, or legitimate front companies. Monetary practices embedded in Muslim culture, such as donating to charities and informal money-transfer centers, have compounded the difficulty in tracking down terrorist financial links. This will be Hormuuds cover. It’ll use a spirited campaign to refute the claims. Hormuud knows that, despite heightened efforts to track terrorist financiers, the vastness of the modern financial system means government officials often find themselves looking for the proverbial needle in the haystack.”
These are Ilhan Omar’s friends and allies who need her protection in congress. What else can you expect from a woman who is facing campaign finance fraud charges for paying illegitimate travel expenses for her lover. Along with the rumors that she married her brother while she was married to another man, just to help her brother break immigration laws.
It will be interesting to see if her constituents will let someone who has such little regard for the law to continue writing them.
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