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Dr Kaukab Siddique | Editor-in-Chief Rajab 21, 1433/June 11, 2012 # 25

Br. Shamim Siddiqui [New York] is asking: Have you read his great book CALLING HUMANITY? He means, are you prepared to give the message of Islam by peaceful means? Do you know the issues, the obstacles, the process?

New Trend's web site is very simple but it is getting readers: received 30812 hits in May 2012, with 10536 visits.

For those that need a conversion to another language :
[ note : the translations are not perfect ]

Thanks be to Allah and to the Afrikan Muslim who is our web master.
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Hadith web site attracting readers. has received 1,170 hits.
Should men travel alone for more than two days, or is the rule only for women? Check the hadith site.

Was hadith written in the time of the Prophet, pbuh? Check the hadith web site.

An Interesting way of helping Sis. Laila's son Ziyad Yaghi
assalamu alaikum
The cost is $23 for 20 stamps :
The photograph can be loaded from :
They are a little expensive but it is nice when you want to send something special !

A Jamaat al-Muslimeen activist Br. Abu Talib working at the grassroots level

Photo shows Br. Kaukab about to shake hands with Br. Abu Talib from Brooklyn, New York. Br. Abu Talib was awarded a plaque by Imam Badi Ali honoring him for his services to Islam. Br. Abu Talib, from the West Indies, has distributed countless copies of New Trend in New York. People ask why he is so thin? He eats very little and is there at just about all political rallies and demonstrations in New York, distributing Jamaat al-Muslimeen and other literature. He has been urging Shi'a Muslims to speak out against the imprisonment of three Shi'a Muslims in the JFK case.

Somalia: USA has offered $22 million bounty for Somali Islamic leaders. Please scroll to end for report.

Yemen: Heavy fighting is reported as Yemeni troops supported by armor and jet fighters try to take back the town of Jaar captured by Ansar al-Shari'a, Looks like a stalemate. The troops can't advance.

Nigeria: The war situation is ugly after attacks on mosques and the killing of 6 Islamics in Maiduguri by troops, Boko Haram is retaliating against regime forces, killed three senior officers, and hitting 2 churches. The Boko Haram is trying to drive out Christian tribes who were brought from the South and settled in Muslim majority area to dilute the Muslim population. [Why is no attempt made for a peaceful solution? No one has an answer.]

Afghanistan: Fifteen elite NATO troops were killed in the first 10 days of June. These include 4 French troops killed and 5 wounded by a human bomber in Kapisa province.
In May 45 NATO troops were killed. The situation for NATO is grim.

Syria: Assad facing reversals but continues to kill. It's the Warsaw syndrome.

Breaking news: June 10: Heavy fighting is going on in Damascus as troops who have joined the Islamic side are battling Assad's security forces. Earlier there was fighting in the Idlib area [north west] in which the "deserters" used rpgs to knock out five of Assad's tanks.
Over the weekend of June 10-11, the Syrian tyrant killed another 35 civilians in his attempts to crush the mass level protests. However, the situation is changing with steady defections from the Syrian army. Several thousand troops have deserted with their weapons. They are organizing and defending the Muslim population from attacks by Assad's elite Alawite troops. Alawites and Syrian Christians, Assad's base, are suffering some revenge attacks.
Iranian media are spinning conspiracy theories about the conflict.
In 1982 this Assad's father wiped out the city of Hama and remained in power. Iran, Israel and the West sense that this Assad could do a repeat of 1982 on a national level and still remain in power. However, defections from the military are a new factor, the communication provided by email and facebook and the meagre but important help provided by Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia has changed the situation.
[As New Trend predicted, Israel and the US are following the Warsaw syndrome: let Assad kill the Islamics and then move against a weakened Assad or even remove him as a "favor" to the Muslims.]

History in the making
June 11: NATO Supply routes through Pakistan remain blocked. Jamaate Islami is leading a peaceful blockade of NATO supplies. Islamic "militants" Sami-ul-Haq and Hafiz Saeed urged the masses to stop the supply containers right in Karachi if the regime suddenly starts moving them. Hafiz Saeed has become extremely popular after the US put a bounty on his head and then withdrew it in the face of Pakistani defiance.[US media are not reporting that NATO is being blocked by the masses of Pakistan.]
Obama's secretary Pannetta threatened Pakistan. Top JI leader Munawar Hasan has answered the threat. Please scroll all the way down.

Africans in "Israel" Face Detention Centers and Deportation. Please scroll down to AFP report.

Boycott of Israel is Working. [Jamaat al-Muslimeen boycotts supporters of Israel too such as Coca Cola, Starbucks, McDonalds, Home Depot, Nestle and kosher products.] [Scroll below for good news from California..]

From Br. Yusuf Irelandi, Advocacy Director, Jamaat al-Muslimeen Tennessee

Faith Increases and Decreases [Imam Bukhari].
Is our faith increasing or are we integrating into the Pagan Culture?

In The Name of Allah, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful
Transliteration: "Innal-eemaana qawlun wa 'amal, yazeedu wa yanqus."
Translation: "Eemaan is statement and action, it increases and decreases."
The the definition of faith by consensus is statement AND action. Our faith as Muslims increases and decreases. It increases with obedience to Allah, and decreases with disobedience. Faith is never static. There are over 70 branches of faith, and there are three levels of faith. The highest level of faith is changing something with your hands and the lowest level is hating something with your heart. Modesty is a branch of faith. So, unlike the slaves of the cross, we know that just proclaiming the shahadah is not enough, because we need to take action.
Islam is not a religion of wimps, because part of faith is enjoining the good and forbidding the evil. Our faith as practicing Muslims is something that the West hates. They complain that we do not "integrate" into their society. They will only be happy with us if we go to brothels, casinos, and pubs. That is their idea of integration.
With this in mind, where are we in our faith? Is our faith speech and action? Or are we just wimps that "proclaim" we believe in Allah and His Messenger? We cannot "have our cake and eat it too".
"The most in their suffering among the people are the prophets, then the best, then the (next) best. One is afflicted in accordance with his faith. If his faith is firm, his affliction is hard, and if his faith is weak, his affliction is light. Indeed, one would be so much subjected to adversity until he walks among the people without any sins." (Ahmad and At-Tirmidhi)
Are we being tested because we have strong faith, or are we living a life of ease? Wallahu 'Alim.

Latest Khutba

Elimination of Muslim Leaders is not the way to Peace: Islam is decentralized.
We want peace with Christians, Jews, Hindus, Muslims who are not oppressors

On June 8, 2012, Br. Kaukab Siddique gave the Juma khutba and led prayers at a mosque in central Baltimore. The masjid was packed with worshippers. Later 4 young African Americans from a local high school came in to embrace Islam and were given the shahadah by Br. Kaleem.
Here are the main points of the khutba by Siddique for wider distribution.
Text # 1:
"Dispute with the people of the Book only in the best way, except with those who are oppressors, and say 'We believe in the Revelation which has come down to us and in that which came down to you,. Our God and your God is one, and it is to Him that we submit in Islam.' " [The Qur'an 29:46]
Text #2:
"When there are three of you, one should lead, and the best for leadership should be the well read one." [Hadith of Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, narrated by Abu Saeed, r.a., in Sahih Muslim.]
"The messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be on him, commanded us, if there are even three of us, one should step forward and lead." [Hadith narrated by Samurah ibn Jundub, r.a., in the Sunan of Tirmidhi.]
  1. We want to communicate peacefully with everyone for the sake of understanding. However the Qur'an, 29:46, does make an exception of those who are oppressors. The Muslim cliques working with the government leave out the words of the verse which delinks the oppressors and thus these "regime Muslims" violate the Qur'an.

  2. The way to peace is to end oppression, war, occupation, exploitation. Islam is not a nationality or a country which can be defeated by killing its leaders or through genocide of its people. It is global and it is based on faith and the inner yearnings of the soul.

  3. Malcolm X was killed but as al-Hajj Malik Shabazz, the one who went to Makka, he won millions to Islam and became not only a national or an African leader but an international one AFTER his death. It was his message that won, that "whiteness" is a mental condition. In India, 2000 British officers controlled millions of people through mental dominance. Under South African Apartheid, a few Whites used brainwashed Blacks to impose rigid controls.

  4. Then, to stop Islam in America, Imam Jamil al-Amin was "eliminated" and put away in a far away cell. Today his message has widespread support, much more than when he was free.

  5. Bush went into Iraq and toppled Saddam Hussain. Bush declared "mission accomplished" in triumph. Saddam went to his death reciting the kalima with the Qur'an in his hand.

  6. Then began the Iraqi resistance, with seemingly no leaders. The US killed al-Zarqawi but the fighting went on. We saw that Obama was elected promising to end the creeping defeat of the occupiers in Iraq.

  7. Then look at the "war on terror." Khalid Muhammad was tortured and "water boarded" 81 times. You can make a man say anything after such torture. Then Shaykh Awlaki was killed, and then Shaykh Osama was killed, and now al-Libi [The Libyan].

  8. The idea behind all these killings is that if you get rid of the leaders, the whole world will become the plaything of the imperialists.

  9. Americans are never told that when you kill Muslim leaders, things get worse, not better. Islam is not a "thing" or a "person" you can destroy or kill. It is the Qur'an, it is the Sunnah, it is the Shari'ah.

  10. Every other day some Zionist Jew or other Zionist comes on TV and declares "Mission Accomplished." They think they can fool all the people all the time.

  11. As the hadith I have quoted show, Islam is decentralized. Islam is not a cult which can be defeated by killing leaders. Even three Muslims will have a leader.

  12. In reverse, the American power structure supported dictators on the basis that Muslim nations are represented by leaders.Hosni Mubarak, Ben Ali, Qaddafi, Saleh of Yemen, and now Assad, were all America's boys. Now America claims to be on the side of the Muslim masses who are rising up, and here too the effort is to prop up a few westernized puppets.

  13. Muslims in America must resist these fake ideas of the Zionists that Islam can be defeated by killing leaders. Islam is not the enemy of America, so get over it and learn that Muslims have their own agenda. The Qur'an cannot be defeated by doing what you did to Germany and Japan.

  14. Let us work for peace by coming up with initiatives for peace. It's ridiculous to try to re-elect Obama by celebrating the killing of unarmed opponents. Every Palestinian child knows that Palestine is occupied and Israel is a fraud. We are not Germans that you can legitimize our oppression in our own minds.

In blow to Zionist censors, California backs professor's right to call for Israel boycott on state university website
Submitted by Ali Abunimah on Tue, 06/05/2012 - 20:03
Palestine solidarity activism on US campuses continues to grow despite attacks by Israel lobby groups. (Maureen Clare Murphy / The Electronic Intifada) The Attorney General of California has rejected a request by a Zionist group to prosecute a professor at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) for "misuse of state resources" because he uses university servers to host a website on which he campaigns for the boycott of Israel.
As The Electronic Intifada reported in January, CSUN mathematics professor David Klein has been under intense fire from Zionist groups for organizing in opposition to the California State University system's resumption of a study abroad program in Israel. In April, the Global Frontier Justice Center asked the California Attorney General to investigate and prosecute Klein.
Klein told me today that he was pleased and surprised by the decision of the Attorney General not to prosecute him, which he learned of by letter.
"I saw the letter in my mailbox and I thought uh-oh here we go, but then I opened it and heaved a sigh of relief," Klein said, "I hope that it is a source of encouragement to other faculty members to do similar things, to go ahead and take a public stand against apartheid in Israel and ethnic cleansing, and all the injustices there."
The attacks on Klein prompted USACBI, the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, of which he is an organizer, to launch a petition in his support.
Call to prosecute Klein for expressing his views
In April, the Global Frontier Justice Center sent a letter to the California Attorney General, alleging "the prolonged and continuous violation of a state statute" by Klein "and the complicity of his employer" for using his university webpage to express his opinions.
The letter went on to list Klein's thought crimes, including, "(1) expressing hostility toward the State of Israel; (2) painting the Palestinian people as victims only-not aggressors; (3) encouraging people to boycott Israeli goods, Israeli scholarship and academics, and Israeli sports," and encouraging other forms of divestment and boycott activities.
Attorney General finds claims against Klein baseless
In a 17 May letter to the Global Frontier Justice Center's lawyers, a copy of which Klein posted on his website, the Attorney General's office rejected the claims:
Thank you for your letter to Attorney General Harris concerning the alleged misuse of state resources by Professor David M. Klein. The Department of Justice is committed to upholding and enforcing state laws, and we take allegations like these very seriously.
We have carefully reviewed the letter and materials you sent to this office on April 2, 2012, in which you request we prosecute an alleged misuse of the name and resources of the California State University, Northridge by Dr. Klein. Because we conclude upon review that the evidence provided does not support a finding of misuse of such name and resources, we find no basis for any action on our part. Latest setback to "lawfare" efforts
"I'm not sure that their efforts are over but I think this is a defeat for them that they've been unable to enlist any legal authority to take action against me," Klein said of Global Frontier Justice Center.
Klein praised the strong support he has received from university administrators, especially CSUN Interim President Harry Hellenbrand who has publicly stood by Klein's right to free speech.
In April, Hellenbrand distributed a public letter on campus titled "J'Accuse: The New Anti-Anti-Semitism" in which he dismissed accusations of "anti-Semitism" against Klein as "partisan and sectarian" and noted that, "invoking the apparatus of the state to proscribe broad categories of speech in hubs of innovation and disruption like public universities will have the paradoxical effect of chilling public exchange while heating up zealotry."
The failed effort to bring state censorship down on Klein represents the latest setback for Zionist groups attempting to use "lawfare" - legal harassment - to silence and intimidate the Palestine solidarity movement.
In February, a judge in Olmypia, Washington threw out an Israel-backed lawsuit intended to force the Olympia Food Co-op to abandon its boycott of Israeli goods.
And in January, a federal judge in San Francisco threw out a lawsuit by members of a Zionist student organization alleging that administrators at the University of California Berkeley had allowed an "anti-Semitic climate" to develop due to the activities of Students for Justice in Palestine and the Muslim Student Organization.
Who is the Global Frontier Justice Center?
The Global Frontier Justice Center has also threatened to sue the University of New Mexico over a protest by students at a speech by StandWithUs propagandist Nonie Darwish at which the protesting students were physically attacked.
But the organization appears to be have little real-world existence. It has a Twitter account, which only tweeted twice, on 2 April, in relation to David Klein:

Africans in "Israel" Face Concentration Camps and Deportations

Israeli Interior ministry statistics show that approximately 60,000 African immigrants have entered Israel illegally, about 1,500 of whom are from South Sudan with which Israel has friendly relations.
Human Rights Watch on Sunday urged Israel to repeal or amend a law that allows migrants to be detained without charge for up to three years, calling it a violation of "basic rights."
"Subjecting irregular border-crossers to potential indefinite detention without charge or access to legal representation would violate the prohibition against arbitrary detention under international human rights law," the New York-based group said.
Israel announced on June 3 that officials would be able to detain migrants who crossed into the Jewish state illegally for up to three years, as part of a bid to stem the flow of African migrants into the country.
But Human Rights Watch said the law stood to stoke anger against migrants, which erupted last month when a protest by around 1,000 people against the rising number of Africans in Israel turned violent.
"Israeli officials are not only adding rhetorical fuel to the xenophobic fire, but they now have a new law that punishes refugees in violation of international law," said Human Rights Watch's refugee program director Bill Frelick in a statement.
"The law should be amended immediately, and not enforced until necessary revisions are made."
In February, the defense ministry announced plans to build an immigrant detention centre in southern Israel at a cost projected at the time of 250 million shekels (about $64 million). (AFP)

The West can't win against the Quran, the book of revolution: Jamaate Islami Leaders of India and Pakistan.

The Qur'an is Available in 70 Translations including Sanskrit.

by Syed Zahid Askari

"The incidents of desecrating the holy Quran were manifest of utter frustration of the 'learned West' to produce logical arguments versus Quran. They have been badly irritated because think tanks of the West had realized that the way of Quranic revolution could not be stopped with any weapon - Syed Munawwar Hassan"
"The promising effects of the holy Quran can only be attained by implementing the message of the holy Quran - Syed Jalaluddin Umri"

KARACHI: Jamaat-e Islami (JI) Pakistan Ameer Syed Munawwar Hassan has said that the forces of the evil had realized that the New World Order and bombardment would not impede the way of Islamic revolution as laid in the holy Quran, which is a divine book of everlasting guidance toward peace and prosperity and welfare of the mankind.
The JI Ameer expressed these thought provoking views in his presidential address to the inaugural session of a 3-day long Quran Exhibition 'Mazahir-ul Quran' at the Idara-e Noor-e Haq Friday, June 8.The exhibition would continue till June 10.
The Consul General of Iran Abbas Ali Allahi, Iran Cultural Centre Director General Mehdi Khateeb and the Vice Consul of Japan Yucki Ochai were also present.
JI India Ameer Syed Jalaluddin Umri, who had arrived in the city on special invitation, inaugurated the exhibition.
June 9 would be for women to attend the exhibition while on June 10, families would come to the exhibition. The exhibition, Mazahir-ul Quran, which was being divided into 5 sections that included rare editions of the holy Quran, translations in different languages, Tafaseer (elaborative descriptions of Quranic messages), hand-written manuscripts that were compiled during the emperor Alamgir's era, which were coated with pure gold. The exhibition offered around 70 different editions of translations in foreign languages including those in Sanskirit. Around 35 Tafaseers and 4 poetic versions would also be available.
Hassan while unfolding the madness of the highly educated people of the West involved in desecrating the holy Quran said that the desecration of the holy Quran could not do any damage to the divine book but exposed the irritation of the people of the West that were quite incapable to produce logical answers to the questions and messages of the holy Quran. He said that the Think Tanks of the West had realized that Quran was the book of revolution, which was inevitable and could not be checked; hence the forces of evil and the countries of the West had acquired a bitter irritation as they did not have any mechanism to prevent Quran from bringing revolution in lives of people. Western leaders are frustrated and irritated because they see their inability to defeat the message of the Qur'an despite their advances in technology and organizational power,
He said that failure of the highly trained, learned and scholastic people of the West to convince through logical arguments was the manifest of victory of the holy Quran, which was descended to bring peace, prosperity and revolution in the world, which was inevitable.
In his inaugural speech, JI India Ameer Syed Jalaluddin Umri said that Quran had brought about a revolution by the Muslims, who sought guidance from the holy Quran. The promising effects of the holy Quran could only be attained by implementing the message of the holy Quran.
He said that the unrest and frustration across the world was due to abandoning the holy Quran. It is the only divine book that is intact word by word and it is the only book that would bring revolution in the world.
JI Ameer of Karachi Muhammad Hussain Mahenti and Deputy JI Chief Hafiz Naeem Ur Rehman also addressed.
[Readers in Pakistan can learn more about the Qur'an from this address:
Jamaat-e Islami Karach. 503 Quaideen Colony new M.A Jinnah road Karachi Ph: 021-34911217 Fax:021-34911218

Terrorism by another name.
US Drone Strikes categorize ALL civilian supporters of Taliban and al-Qaidah as "militants" and "terrorists" to be Killed.
Even a former CIA Chief sees this as a blunder especially in Yemen and Pakistan

[From the British paper The Guardian, June 5, 2012.]

Protestors against US drone attacks in Pakistan burn a US flag. Photograph: Mk Chaudhry/EPA
A former top terrorism official at the CIA has warned that President Barack Obama's controversial drone programme is far too indiscriminate in hitting targets and could lead to such political instability that it creates terrorist safe havens.
Obama's increased use of drones to attack suspected Islamic militants in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen has become one of the most controversial aspects of his national security policy. He has launched at least 275 strikes in Pakistan alone; a rate of attack that is far higher than his predecessor George W Bush.
Defenders of the policy say it provides a way of hitting high-profile targets, such as al-Qaida number two, Abu Yahya al-Libi. But critics say the definition of militant is used far too broadly and there are too many civilian casualties. The London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism estimates up to 830 civilians, including many women and children, might have been killed by drone attacks in Pakistan, 138 in Yemen and 57 in Somalia. Hundreds more have been injured.
Now Robert Grenier, who headed the CIA's counter-terrorism center from 2004 to 2006 and was previously a CIA station chief in Pakistan, has told the Guardian that the drone programme is targeted too broadly. "It [the drone program] needs to be targeted much more finely. We have been seduced by them and the unintended consequences of our actions are going to outweigh the intended consequences," Grenier said in an interview.
Grenier emphasised that the use of drones was a valuable tool in tackling terrorism but only when used against specific identified targets, who have been tracked and monitored to a place where a strike is feasible. However, recent media revelations about Obama's programme have revealed a more widespread use of the strike capability, including the categorising of all military-age males in a strike zone of a target as militants. That sort of broad definition and the greater use of drones has outraged human rights organisations.
The BIJ has reported that drone strikes in Pakistan over the weekend hit a funeral gathering for a militant slain in a previous strike and also may have accidentally hit a mosque. That sort of action adds credence to the claims that the drone campaign is likely to cause more damage by creating anger at the US than it does in eliminating terrorist threats.
"We have gone a long way down the road of creating a situation where we are creating more enemies than we are removing from the battlefield. We are already there with regards to Pakistan and Afghanistan," he said.
Grenier said he had particular concerns about Yemen, where al-Qaida linked groups have launched an insurgency and captured swathes of territory from the over-stretched local army. US drones have been active in the country, striking at targets that have included killing US-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and his 16-year-old son.
The BIJ estimates that there have been up to 41 confirmed US drone strikes in Yemen since 2002 and possibly up a 55 unconfirmed ones. Grenier said the strikes were too indiscriminate and causing outrage among the civilian population in the country, lending support to Islamists and seeing a growth in anti-US sentiment.
"That brings you to a place where young men, who are typically armed, are in the same area and may hold these militants in a certain form of high regard. If you strike them indiscriminately you are running the risk of creating a terrific amount of popular anger. They have tribes and clans and large families. Now all of a sudden you have a big problem ... I am very concerned about the creation of a larger terrorist safe haven in Yemen," Grenier said.
Grenier was the CIA's station chief in Islamabad when terrorists struck the World Trade Center in New York and attacked the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. He played a key role in co-ordinating covert operations that led up to the downfall of the Taliban in Afghanistan. He later headed up the CIA's CTC where he led the CIA's global operations in the War on Terror as its top counter-terrorism official. He left the agency in 2006.

Pakistan: From Shamsuddin Amjad
JI condemns Panetta's threats : US has been making War on Pakistan.

LAHORE, June 8: Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Syed Munawar Hasan, has strongly reacted to the US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta's threats to the country and said the Pakistani nation won't be cowed down and it wont yield to any pressure for restoring the NATO supplies.
In a statement here before his departure for Karachi on Friday, he urged the peace loving nations to take notice of the US threats in order to save the world from the third world war.
The JI Ameer said that the US and its allies were furious because the NATO supplies had not been restored so far. They were playing the policy of carrot and stick and some times looked irritated. At the same time, scores of innocent citizens were being killed in drone attacks. He said the nefarious designs of India and Israel in Balochsitan under the US patronage had already come to fore. In fact, the US was trying to destabilize the country in order to establish India's hegemony in the region.
Syed Munawar Hasan said the US had been waging an undeclared war against this country for the last twelve years only because of the cowardice of Musharraf and Zardari governments and was now out to thrust an open war on this country. He said if the rulers did not come out of the US fear, Washington would turn this country into a battlefield. He was however sure that the 180 million Pakistanis would bravely face the US threats.
Unfortunately, he said, the Pakistani rulers were only interested in prolonging their rule and had even staked the country's integrity and solidarity in their lust for dollars. The US slavery had made them totally blind and they could neither see the US brutalities nor hear its threats.
Syed Munawar Hasan said that the nation did not expect the cowardly rulers to show some courage but the silence of the army chief over the US Defence Secretary's statement was a matter of concern as he should have given a befitting reply.

Somalia [3/4th ruled by al-Shabab.] [Report from Daily Telegraph UK.6.7.12]

US offers $33 million bounty on al-Shabaab insurgents

The Obama administration will offer up to $33 million in rewards for information about top members of an Islamist extremist group in Somalia linked to al-Qaida, US officials said on Wednesday.

Hard-line Islamist Al Shabab fighters conduct military exercise in northern Mogadishu's Suqaholaha neighborhood, Somalia Photo: AP Photo/ Farah Abdi Warsameh

6:53AM BST 07 Jun 2012
The rewards for seven leaders of the al-Shabab militia movement will be announced on Thursday by the State Department, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of the announcement.
The bounties will be administered by the department's Rewards for Justice program. It will be first time the programme has offered rewards for members of al-Shabab, which is accused of terrorist attacks in Somalia, Uganda and Kenya.
The programme will offer up to $7 million for al-Shabab's founder, Ahmed Abdi aw-Mohamed; up to $5 million each for his associates, Ibrahim Haji Jama, Fuad Mohamed Khalaf, Bashir Mohamed Mahamoud and Mukhtar Robow; and up to $3 million for Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi and Abdullahi Yare, according to the officials.
Al-Shabab and al-Qaeda formally joined organisations earlier this year, though the ties between the groups already were strong. Al-Shabab counts hundreds of foreign fighters among its ranks, including fighters with experience in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
In April, the US government warned that it continues to receive information about potential terrorist threats aimed at US, Western and Kenyan targets inside Kenya

2012-06-11 Mon 20:46:53 cdt