Financing Al-Shabaab: US Court Jails Two Muslim Women

Two Muslim women in the United States were Friday sentenced to more than a decade in prison for financing Al-Shabaab.

The women who were both arrested in 2014 had been charged with sending money to the Islamic terror group which was used to fund military operations and safe houses.

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Muna Osman Jama, 36, and Hinda Osman Dhirane, 46, were sentenced to twelve years and eleven years in prison consecutively for conspiracy to provide material support as well as providing material support to the Islamic terror group.

According to the US Department of Justice (DOJ), one of the safe houses in which the women provided finance for was used by Al-Shabaab to store weapons and prepare for attacks.

The DOJ also stated that both women were recorded laughing and cheering at the killings that occurred at the 2013 Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi and the 2014 Boston Marathon bombing.

The two Muslim women were also said to have openly expressed support for the group terrorising Somalia and Kenya, using chatrooms to for more funds for financing Al-Shabaab.

In their defence, the attorney for the two Muslim women argued that they should not be be criminally prosecuted for their advocacy for the Somali-based terror group. The attorney added that it is a freedom guaranteed by the First Amendment of the US constitution.

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Meanwhile, with the resumption of flights between Mogadishu and Nairobi, Kenya’s Military Intelligence Unit has uncharacteristically been heavily involved with the flight’s activities.

Financing Al-Shabaab

Kenyan military officers are said to be involved in the vetting of all passengers flying direct from Mogadishu to Nairobi. Officers are also involved in ground activities such as the fuelling of the planes in Mogadishu. Other security exercises are not made public.

Commercial flights resumed on Wednesday after a 10-year hiatus due to terrorism threats posed by Al-Shabaab. During the period, flights from Mogadishu landed at Wajir Airport for thorough screening and vetting of passengers before heading to Nairobi.