On August 25, 2019, Ilhan Omar tweeted a cryptic post stating:
“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 the technology in Somalia.”
Image 1: Ilhan Omar’s Hormuud Telecom tweet
What Ilhan Omar omitted in her tweet was the actual reasons why she promoted Hormuud, the identity of the people that facilitated her 2011 and subsequent trips to Somalia, and their agendas. Considering the fact that Omar (known back in Somalia as Elmi) has protected status and carries a non-expiring ‘Do not investigate me with extreme prejudice’ certificate, I decided to shed some light on the main subject of her tweet: the mysterious Somali Telecom Hormuud and its founder, Ahmed Nur Ali Jim’ale—a cuddly, lovable man with a henna dyed beard and a ceaseless passion for violent jihad.
Who is Ahmed Nur Ali Jim’ale
Ahmed Nur Ali Jim’ale AKA ‘Jim’ale’ is one of the wealthiest Somali businessmen and is the founder of the Al Barakat group of companies. He is also the owner of Hormuud Telecom. Beside his business interests, Jim’ale also happens to be the leading financier of the al-Shabaab, a Somali Salafi jihadi terrorist organization which since 2006 has been responsible for dozens of car and suicide bombings, kidnappings, assassinations, and targeted killing of thousands of innocent Somalis.
In the mid-2000s, Jim’ale gained enough notoriety to get added to US and UN travel bans, assets freeze databases, and targeted arms embargo lists imposed by paragraphs 1, 3, and 7 of Resolution 1844.
Image 2: Ahmed Nur Ali Jim’ale, the red-bearded jihadi founder of the Somali Hormuud Telecom and the Barakat money transfer companies
Jim’ale is not some small-time Kalashnikov wielding terrorist. He is a well known and respected jihadi leader and in this capacity he served in several executive roles within the Somali Council of Islamic Courts, AKA the ‘Somali Islamic Courts Union’. This was the most radical Somali jihadi Islamist political element, the same one which eventually formed the military group known as al-Shabaab (The Youth). Al-Shabab’s ideology is based on hardcore Salafism and Wahhabism and aggressively promotes the concepts of takfir, the excommunication and killing of apostates or unbelievers. The groups political objective is to create an Islamic state in the Horn of Africa that would include not only Somalia but also Djibouti, Kenya, and Ethiopia.
In 2010, Al-Shabaab was targeted in sanctions by the United Nations Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolutions 751 (1992) and 1907 concerning Somalia and Eritrea (the “Somalia/Eritrea Sanctions Committee”). According to the July 18, 2011 report (S/2011/433 Item # 71), Jim’ale was identified as:
“…Al-Shabaab not only attracts their business by imposing lower rates of taxation in Kismaayo than at ports controlled by the Transitional Federal Government but also actively promotes large scale imports of sugar and exports of charcoal by offering preferential access and tax breaks to Al-Shabaab affiliated businesses. Two of the most prominent figures in the network are businessmen with historical linkages to militant Islamist groups in Somalia: Abukar Omar Adaani and Ahmed Nur Jim’aale.”
Jim’ale was also marked as being related to the Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid, another Ilhan Omar idol, who triggered the Battle of Mogadishu:
“Mohamad Warsame is from the same sub-clan as General Mohamed Farrah Aidid, and was once known as being General Aidid’s representative in Bakaara market. Through his presence in Bakaara, he has developed a working relationship with Mr. Jim’ale.”
Jim’ale’s support for Somali Islamic fundamentalist terror goes far beyond a business venture; he is openly aligned with the al-Shabaab and other jihadi Salafi strategy and ideology. In the past, he provided major funding and political support for Hassan Dahir Aweys, who was listed by the Somalia/Eritrea Sanctions Committee. Former al-Shabaab Deputy Emir Muktar Robow also collaborated closely with Aweys and Jim’ale in consolidating their leadership role during the early 2010s in al-Shabaab’s political and ideological leadership struggle.
Image 3: Sample imagery published by the Somali opposition account “ToughStrategy” about the untouchable Jim’ale, which got him banned from Twitter
In 2007, Jim’ale established a front company in Djibouti for jihadi financing and logistics called the Investors Group (in 2012, it made it onto the UN terror watch list). One of the goals of the group was to destabilize Somaliland through the funding of extremist activities and weapons purchases (an objective which Ilhan Omar supports). The group provided the funding and logistics in smuggling small arms of Qatari and Turkish origin from Eritrea through Djibouti into the 5th region of Ethiopia, where the Salafi jihadi groups received the shipments.
Image 4: Transportation equipment used to smuggle weapons and ammunition
In 2009, Jim’ale managed one of the largest Hawala funds in Somalia where he collected zakat (alms for the poor). The majority of the proceedings from this fund were routed to al-Shabaab. In the same year Jim’ale also worked with other like-minded individuals to undermine the Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG) by not participating in Somali reconciliation efforts.
The 2009 United Nations Security Council’s Report of the Secretary-General on the situation in Somalia identifies Jim’ale as one al-Shabaab’s chief financiers (pages 10-11). It also directly linked his company Hormuud to al-Shabaab.
In 2010, Jim’ale established several mobile-to-mobile money transfer businesses such as ZAAD and offered them to al-Shabaab to make international money transfers more difficult to trace by eliminating the need to show any form of identification at the point of transaction.
Image 5: Somali Telecom, money exchanges, and mobile payment platforms owned and controlled by Ahmed Nur Ali Jim’ale are one of the major sources of funding for al-Shabaab
By 2011, Jim’ale was actively supporting al-Shabaab by offering them free cellphone communications, use of company vehicles, food, aid, and political advice. He also organized fundraisers for al-Shabaab through various Somali business groups. This fundraising activity included anonymous Turkish and Qatari donations to Jim’ale’s ‘charitable ventures’ which in turn used Djibouti based financial intermediaries to send that money to al-Shabaab.
Jim’ale is by no means a silent business partner in Hormuud Telecom, rather he is in full control of the company and its donations to al-Shabaab affiliates. These include large lump sum payments in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. In addition to the logistics support, Jim’ale through Hormuud has also provided al-Shabaab with privately paid foreign fighters from countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan. Spokespersons for moderate Somali groups have also warned the Somali people not to use Hormuud Telecom because Hormuud personnel listen-in on all conversations and share the intelligence with al-Shabaab.
In 2016, in part due to a large amount of progressive political lobbying and lubricating a lot of palms with tons of ‘grease’, President Obama’s state department and the US treasury removed Jim’ale from their registries and the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) list.
Image 6: The butcher’s bill for one year of Hormuud Telecom funding for al-Shabaab. Some of these massive death figures repeat themselves in 2018
Harmuud, the Little Jihadi Shindig
The following short listing of Hormuud staff members who have transitioned from the corporate world to full-time employment in hands-on jihadist terrorism helps illustrate the tight coupling between Jim’ale, Hormuud Telecom, al-Shabaab, and several associated large scale terror attacks in Somalia:
- Khalif Warsame (Khalif Adale): head of NGO affairs of al-Shabaab, was a member of Hormuud telecom executive team. He is married to Nadifo Ali Jim’ale, the sister of the chairman of Hormuud Ahmed-nur Ali Jim’ale. Nadifo currently resides in the UAE.
- Dahir Ga’amey (Abdi Al Haq): chief judge of al-Shabaab, was a member of the executive team of Hormuud Telecom and Jim’ale’s Al Barakat group of companies.
- Hassan Muhidin Hassan (Bistolo weyneh): was manager of the Hormuud Telecom office in Villa Somalia. He took part in the al-Shabaab operation to assassinate former Somali prime minister by driving the hit team in his car.
- Abdiweli Ahmed Diriye: was a top Hormuud Telecom administrative official. He enabled the safe passage of an explosives loaded truck that killed over 500 people in Mogadishu on October 14, 2017.
- Mukhtar Haji Mohamud: was a senior representative of Taaj express; a company owned by Hormuud Telecom Albarakat group wired the money that was used to purchase the explosive truck. The money was wired to Italy to Sheikh Hassan, representative of Taaj Express. He is the person who bought the truck that was used during the October 14, 2017 massacre.
- Haji Qaaluu Abdi Ad Ali Jim’ale: an executive member of Hormuud Telecom, was the operational coordinator of the October 14, 2017 truck bomb. He is also the nephew of Ahmed-nur Ali Jim’ale and a card carrying member of the Amniyat branch of al-Shabaab.
- Basira Abdi (real name Maryan): the woman who carried out the suicide attack that killed Mogadishu mayor Abdurahman Yarisow, graduated from Al Nur school, the school is managed by Hormud Telecom and Al-Barakat group.
- Abdikarim Mohamed Kariye: the al-Shabaab head of finance, was the operations manager of Hormuud Telecom, Taaj Express, Alburuuj Construction, Salaam Somali Bank, and Beco Powering, all Hormuud group subsidiaries of the Al-Barakat Group.
- Abdihakim Hassan Idow (Hiirane): a former top official of Hormuud Telecom and Salaam Bank Africa–Djibouti, is the head of al-Shabaab logistics in the Horn of Africa.
Image 7: Sampling of Hormuud Telecom top officials who are also directly affiliated with the al-Shabaab jihadi terrorist organization
So, there you have it. Ilhan Omar, a sitting Minnesota congresswoman, is openly promoting the interests of Hormuud, a known front and funding source of al-Shabaab, a jihadi terrorist organization with the blood of thousands of innocent Somalis on its hands. Considering just how outrageous all of this is, you’ve got to give Omar credit where credit is due: in one year, she managed to acquire the best political and media kevlar vest money can buy and is now dodging adultery, campaign finance, and FARA charges without even blinking.
Image 8: What Ilhan Omar’s Somali fellow clan members think about Harmuud and it’s affiliation with al-Shabaab. A US based Muslim Somali Ilhan Omar supporter named Reggie Warsame promoting al-Shabaab terror attacks
So what do we learn from this third world tale of grift, corruption, and jihadi terror? Perhaps it is that in the post-modern world, we (and our federal three letter agencies) shouldn’t be judgmental about fluid and passé concepts like life, terrorism, treason, and murder. Considering this epiphany, it may not be a bad idea for US treasury and the constituents of Minnesota’s 5th congressional district to chip in and indeed help “protect” the Somali Hormuud Telecom. Because if they don’t, al-Shabaab may run into financial difficulties and have to cut back on their suicide car bomb program for 2020. And who wants that?
*** Update 08/16/2020 ***
Another day another Al-Shabaab terror attack. Today, the Elite Hotel in Lido Beach in Mogadishu was targeted by a car bomb. After the initial blast, a group of gunmen opened fire at the wounded guests that were fleeing the explosion.
Image 9: An Al-Shabaab car bomb attack on the Elite Hotel at Lido beach
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16 thoughts on “Jim’ale The Jihadi Organ Grinder and his Little Tweeting Monkey”
We now know that money buys everything, even a place for Omar in congress. When will money buy justice?
Justice shouldn’t cost anything. We already paid for it with the Revolutionary and Civil wars. We just need to enforce it.
Of course — I should have put that ::sarc:: thing on my post. I’ve been waiting for justice since the weeks before President Trump’s inauguration and the ‘years’ since. I should also add that the only groups to have seemed to grow and win support and praise from the liberals and democrats since September 11, 2001, have been Islamists and Muslims. That Omar was elected with support from American citizens and continues to enjoy that support is a puzzle and paradox I can’t explain. I often wonder what drives the average American voter to support jihadi-backed politicians and/or socialist (communists) candidates for office in our country. I keep thinking that support will change. Hopefully, intelligent, perceptive people like you — telling the truth — will reach a large audience and reveal what is behind so many of these people working to be elected to positions in our government and refuse to mark those names on election ballots. As always, I appreciate your columns.
Yaacov, in regard to that first comment I made to this article of yours. I had a bad day — in fact, I’ve had a bad year. :) (Physically — perhaps, no, for certain, emotionally, too.) Today I had a bit of a crisis physically, and, for several hours just didn’t want to be me … in fact, I kept thinking, I don’t want to be …
And, after I recovered (had a long nap) as I watched Lou Dobbs, Elizabeth MacDonald, on Fox Business, I kept thinking, I’ve been angry and bewildered for years at the people running our government. The absolute deviousness and deceit of our elected officials. And, I’ve been asking the same questions about this fraud, this corruption in the FBI, the Justice Department working to convict the president through the attack on General Flynn by, apparently, the officials in the previous administration, since President Trump was elected, not to even mention the eight years before that, and on and on and on, I just felt bitter and cynical, thinking — money buys everything.
I will be 79 in two weeks. I use to believe in the beauty and glory of our constitution and our courts and how it protected the average person. These past years have revealed a worldview and corruption of all of that, that I don’t want to believe exists.
Evidently I’m trying to apologize for that first comment that I made — especially after your hard work in putting the column together. You don’t have to post this comment, it really is just for you, but, this is up to you of course. :) It isn’t written very well. Guess I have too many different kinds of emotions swirling through me today.
No apologies needed, Its all good. This is not the first or last time this has happened to the US. It was much, much worse during the Revolutionary/Civil war and the 1918 Spanish Flu. But we have emerged into the light. The same will happen with the Covid-19 and current politics. I think that the political awakening in the US is coming, and even faster now that people got a glimpse of what has transpired since 2016.
Everyone has dark intolerable days, you just have to look beyond them. I usually go to my collection of the Stanley Brothers (especially the gospel music), its ‘s a good source of sunshine when it rains :-)
Be well and G-d bless,
Please stop giving monkeys a bad name.
I still can’t understand why Omar is still able to avoid criminal charges given her history of illegal activities. Why do politicians seem to get a “ Get out of jail card”?
Thanks for the comment Michael,
The likely reason for this is that she belongs to several ‘protected’ classes and as such, she knows that the media (and as a result the DOJ) won’t touch her. If they do, she will play the Islamophob, racist, bigot, white supremacist persecution card and will create a public fire storm. This is the same reason why the Biden team just used Rep. Richard Nenniibarini Komi to go after Tara Reid. Komi also belongs to several ‘protected’ classes and the Biden team likely hoped that because of that the messenger and message were bulletproof.
Unfortunately for Komi, he took his special status for granted and showed up to the gun fight armed with a plastic fork.
MOAB comes to mind. People like these who sponsor terrorism which destroys innocent lives have no place on this planet – no reason for existence. Turn their pathetic world to glass.
We can start by creating a special DHS department for re-vetting all former refugees (like Omar AKA Elmi). Any discrepancy in their application should trigger a fine, a revocation of green card/citizenship, and instant deportation. Moving forward, lets also examine every worker/student visa, family reunification request, and green card application with a microscope. Get them out and don’t let new ones in and there will be much less need for foreign military adventures as well.
“…showed up to a gun fight armed with a plastic fork.” I laughed when I read this. :)
Thanks very much for your tremendously thorough investigative research (on this and other critical issues, e.g., the Steele Dossier. One question: in the following paragraph, what does “SM” stand for?
“So, there you have it. Ilhan Omar, a sitting Minnesota congresswoman, is openly promoting on SM the interests of Hormuud, a known front and funding source of al-Shabaab, a jihadi terrorist organization with the blood of thousands of innocent Somalis on its hands. Considering just how outrageous all of this is, you’ve got to give Omar credit where credit is due: in one year, she managed to acquire the best political kevlar vest money can buy and is now dodging every FARA bullet without even blinking.”
Thank you for your kind words Barry. SM stands for Social Media.