Latest reports from Somali’s National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) indicate that the Al-Shabaab’s Amniyat (Al-Shabaab’s intelligence wing) and head of operations in the capital Mogadishu has resigned.
Reports further indicate Muse Moallim (Mu’awiye) resignation could be linked with the current wrangles within Al-Shabaab’s top leadership.
NISA links the reported resignation to a dispute between two factions within Al-Shabaab, says Mu’awiye was pro-Mahad Karate who was recently expelled from the terrorist group.
Al-Shabaab emir Ahmed Umar Abu Ubaidah, recently expelled two notable figures from the group’s executive council. Intelligence reports gathered from credible open sources indicated that the two top-level Al-Shabaab figures were fired from the council on grounds that they were opposed to civilian attacks in Mogadishu.
The two, Mahad Karate and Bashir Qorgab were fired following irreconcilable differences with the leader; Sheikh Ahmed Umar Abu Ubaidah and were in the executive council also known as Tanfid.
Tanfid serves as the executive council that makes crucial Al-Shabaab’s decisions including targets and modes of attack by the A-Qaeda affiliated terrorist organization. Expelling such top commanders will have dire ramification into the group’s decision making and operations and could further cause a rift within the terrorist ranks.
The resignation of Amniyat operative Muse Moallim (Mu’awiye) follows another recent defection of Zubair al-Muhajir, a top Al-Shabaab foreign fighter. Al-Muhajir defected last year after irreconcilable differences with Al-Shabaab’s top leadership. Born in Ivory Coast before moving to Britain, Zubair was one of militant trusted with the collection of intelligence within Amniyat. Al-Muhajir gave his reasons for defecting noting that the group was lying to Muslims and the world on claims of implementing the Sharia (Islamic law) which is not true because he knew of incidents where they went against the Sharia.
There have been allegations and accusation within Al-Shabaab that pro-Mahad Karate’s wing has working relation with NISA, sharing on intelligence relating to group’s plans and operations.