Al Qaeda Affiliated Group Posts London Terror Threat

Al-Shabaab 'merged' with al-Qaeda eight months ago.

Al-Shabaab Twitter avatar.

Just in time for tonight’s Presidential debate on foreign policy, Al-Shabaab, a Somali group which reportedly merged with al Qaeda in early 2012 has issued series of apparently threatening tweets on its Twitter account.

The posts were directed at the British government and referenced the “extradition and trial of Sheikh Abu Hamza Al-Misri.” Al-Misri is a one-armed cleric who will soon be extradited from the U.S. to Great Britain. He will face charges connected to a hostage incident that occurred in Yemen in 1998 as well as charges related to fomenting jihad abroad and attempting to create a jihadi training camp in Oregon in 2001.

After referencing Al-Misri’s pending extradition, Al-Shabaab tweeted the following declarations:

The “horrors of 7/7 and 21/7” likely reference terrorist attacks that occurred in London on July 7 and July 21, 2005. The attacks killed more than 50 civilians and injured 700.

Al-Shabaab also addressed American Muslims:

Al-Shabaab’s Twitter bio does not mention al-Qaeda. It describes the group as “an Islamic movement that governs South & Cen. Somalia” and states it is also part of “the global struggle towards the revival of Islamic Khilaafa.” Al Qaeda Affiliated Group Posts London Terror Threat