al-Itihaad al-Islamiya


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Noun1.al-Itihaad al-Islamiya - a fundamentalist Islamic group in Somalia who initially did fundraising for al-Qaeda; responsible for ambushing United States Army Rangers and for terrorist bombings in Ethiopia; believed to have branches in several countries
act of terrorism, terrorism, terrorist act - the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear
Somalia - a republic in extreme eastern Africa on the Somali peninsula; subject to tribal warfare
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The UN's terrorist lists, used by the EU, include: the Islamist movement Al-Itihaad Al-Islamiya - considered by the United States as having ties to Al-Qaida - and two of its leaders, Hassan Dahir Aweys, from the Hawiye clan, and Hassan Abdullah Hersi Al-Turki, from the Ogaden clan.
Among the ICU's leaders is one Hassan Dahir Aweys, previously of the Saudi-funded, al Qaida-connected al-Itihaad al-Islamiya terrorist group.
Aweys is a former military commander in al-Itihaad al-Islamiya, a Neo-Salafi group which rose to prominence in the early 1990s before being defeated by pro-US warlords.