STRATFOR Sitrep: Somalia’s Al Shabab plans to attack outside Somalia, including continental USA


June 9, 2011
The threat Somali militant group al Shabaab poses to U.S. and Western interests both in the Horn of Africa and the continental United States is significant and rising, CIA Director Leon Panetta will tell the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee on June 9, AFP reported. Al Shabaab has claimed ties with al Qaeda since 2007 and is developing relations with al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Panetta says in written responses to the committee. The Somali militants are showing an increased interest in attacking international targets, according to Panetta. He said it was important to ensure that al Qaeda does not relocate to Somalia after it undergoes leadership changes and regroups from counterterrorism efforts in Pakistan.