American Militant Killed in Somalia
U.S. born and FBI wanted terrorist, Omar Hammami, commonly known as Abu Mansoor al-Amriki was killed today during a dawn raid on his al-Baate village hideout in Somalia. “This morning al-Amriki and his comrades were attacked by well armed fighters,” said village resident Hussein Nur. “After a brief fight al-Amriki and his two colleagues were killed. Several of their guards escaped.” According to villagers, who have been forbidden by al-Shabaab fighters from going near the scene, British-born Osama al-Britani is also among the dead.
Al-Amriki arrived in Somalia in 2006 joining al-Shabaab immediately; he quickly came to national and international prominence by his accessible rhetorical style and YouTube rap videos. He later broke with al-Shabaab over his views that the leadership had been enjoying extravagant lifestyles.
Euro President Says the Union Stands between Europe and War
European Commission President José Manuel Barroso issued his state of the union address to castigate eurosceptics, likening the positions of those like U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron to those of politicians that caused the first world war. “Let me say to all those who rejoice in Europe’s difficulties and who want to roll back our integration and go back to isolation: the pre-integrated Europe of the divisions, the war, the trenches, is not what people desire and deserve,” he said.
“The European continent has never in its history known such a long period of peace as since the creation of the European Community. It is our duty to preserve and deepen it.” Conservative and isolationist MEPs like those from the Ukip, ardently demurred, saying Europe is now chock-a-block with democratic nation states that “are stable and will not go to war with each other.”
Putin’s Plea for Cooler Heads
Late yesterday, the New York Times published, A Plea for Caution From Russia, an op-ed by the Prime Minister of Russia, Vladimir Putin which laid out a case against military intervention in Syria. Putin suggested such actions would “increase violence and unleash a new wave of terrorism”, as well as “undermine multilateral efforts to resolve the Iranian nuclear problem and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and further destabilize the Middle East and North Africa”. Putin went on to suggest that the U.S. is prone to the unilateral use of force, apart from the action of the United Nations. Putin stressed that “under current international law, force is permitted only in self-defense or by the decision of the Security Council. Anything else is unacceptable under the United Nations Charter and would constitute an act of aggression”.
Dutch Ambassador Apologizes for Mass Murder
The Dutch government formally apologized for the mass murder of Indonesians during the occupation that lasted until 1949. At least 40,000 people were summarily executed during the colonial era in a number of gruesome fashions; hundreds were slaughtered in a single day by Raymond Westerling in an attempt to quell resistance to Dutch colonization. “On behalf of the Dutch government I apologize for these excesses,” Dutch Ambassador to Indonesia Tjeerd de Zwaan said in Jakarta. He also announced that all Indonesian women who were widowed after a summary execution in the Dutch East Indies, can directly address the Dutch state to apply for compensation without any legal proceedings.
Nani, a 93-year-old widowed by Dutch forces told Al Jazeera, “When I received the money from the Netherlands I smelled it, I was so happy. But when I was smelling it I could not forget what happened to my husband. I was so sad.”