Jim’ale The Jihadi Organ Grinder and his Little Tweeting Monkey

Ilhan Omar and the Jihadi Organ Grinder

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.”

Ilhan Omar Save Hormuud
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.

Ali Yousif Ahmed Al-Nouri
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.

Sample imagery published by the Somali opposition account “ToughStrategy”
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. 

Transportation equipment used to smuggle weapons and ammunition
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.

Somalia Mobile money Payments a major source of funding for Al-Shabaab
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.

Sampling of al-Shabab Jihadi Terror Attacks in Mogadishu
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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.

Hormuud telecom top officials who are also directly affiliated with the al-shabab Jihadi Terrorist organization
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.

A US based muslim Somali Ilhan Omar Supporter promoting al-Shabab terror attacks
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.

Elite Hotel at Lido beach Mogadishu before and after car bombing
Image 9:
An Al-Shabaab car bomb attack on the Elite Hotel at Lido beach

References and Sourcing
XRVision Sentinel AI Platform – Face recognition, image reconstruction, and object classification

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The Magical Racial Transformation of CNN’s Evan Perez

Evan Perez Blackface

The leading form of public entertainment in the early 1830s was a theatrical genre called the Minstrel Show. These performances consisted of comic acts, dancing, speeches, and music. The performers were usually white or light brown skinned, they painted their faces and bodies black and their lips bright pink to make them seem large and primate-like, and depicted people of African descent in a derogatory manner, presented black people as dim-witted, lazy, buffoonish, superstitious, and oversexed.

This form of low-life humor gradually faded away after the civil war and was replaced with vaudeville variety acts, but it never completely disappeared. You can still find remnants of it in privileged college fraternities that specialize in breeding elite racial bigots the likes of governor Ralph Northam and Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau. Over the past few years, blackface has made a comeback, but now, it is being used as a racial manipulation tool.

I am a white person of color
Image 1
: The leading progressive voices in art, politics, and the media wearing blackface and cashing in on a little bigotry

CNN, one of the leading progressive networks, has taken the blackface concept a step further and has incorporated the old minstrel show into its regular programing. Just like with its ancestor, the CNN blackface routines consist of comic skits and lengthy ideological sermons that depict the American people as backwards, stupid, gullible, and incapable of distinguishing special interest agendas and paid foreign propaganda from fact. One of their leading performers is the prince of Russian collusion Evan Perez, the Belizean native, light brown skin reporter who—as the composite below illustrates—undergoes a mystical racial transformation just before the cameras start rolling.

It’s not entirely clear why CNN is doing this. One possible explanation could be the need to check off the diversity box. But if that is the case, why go with a painted foreigner? Why not just hire an actual black American reporter?

Evan Perez The Blackface Artist
Image 2: Evan Perez in real life and after his blackface studio prep

References and Sourcing
XRVision Sentinel AI Platform – Face recognition, image reconstruction, and object classification
The long, sordid history of Blackface – CNN Reality Check

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Today’s Special:Contaminated Bat Soup and Stale CCP Disinformation Salad

From WIV with love

Since the outbreak of Covid-19 in the west, some mainstream media outlets have gone out of their way to painstakingly promote a number of specific Covid-19 origin theories. Two of the leading themes have been the ‘contaminated bat soup’ and the ‘wet markets’ narratives.

In writing When Tedros Moves His Lips, Beijing Speaks, I deployed several AI agents that have been monitoring SM and MSM Covid-19 related internet traffic. The agents regularly report whenever certain imagery, phrases, or topics appear on the internet. Over the past 2 weeks the system has picked up patterns of reuse of verbiage related to the origin of the virus. For some reason, older narratives get constantly re-inserted into the news feeds and political speeches.

Three such illustrative examples are:

  1. That the consumption of contaminated bat soup was the origin of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan
  2. That the Chinese were selling and even now continue to sell bats at various ‘Wet markets
  3. That there is no correlation between the Covid-19 virus and the virus specimens that were isolated from bats in 2014 and worked on in the WIV lab

It is interesting to note that all three of these topics are an integral part of the Chinese government’s propaganda that the Covid-19 virus originated in the wild where it accidently jumped from infected bats to some intermediary host or directly to humans.

Sun Newspaper Coronavirus Spread-v2
Image 1: An infographic from a Sun article titled “MISSING LINK Coronavirus outbreak could be linked to bat soup say scientists” by Gemma Mullin, Digital Health Reporter published 1/24/2020 and updated on 2/5/2020

NYT and the Wuhan Wet Market Story
Image 2
: 2/29/2020, The New York Times and CBS promoting the narrative that Covid-19 originated from the Wuhan Wet markets

Based on a large body of imagery and source linkage analysis, these three claims can be shown to be decidedly false, most likely originally produced as a part of an organized disinformation campaign. So, why are MSM outlets like the Sun, DailyMail and the Daily Caller continuing to regurgitate and publish articles supporting this messaging? One possible explanation could be just laziness and poor investigative skills; another could be that it provides a comforting alternative to the strong possibility that the Covid-19 outbreak originated from the Wuhan Institute of Virology laboratory. The latter option would certainly be in-line with undisclosed MSM commercial interests of some sort and the old maxim that one can excuse incompetence but not so dishonesty and negligence. Another convenient bi-product of promoting the force majeure origin narrative is that it would allow China to mount an effective legal defense against the flood of lawsuit heading their way.

The composite in Image 2 illustrates the false basis for the ongoing MSM ‘contaminated bat soup’ and ‘wet market’ origin claims.

Bats for sale
Image 3: Examples of ongoing false media claims and disinformation about bats being sold in ‘Wet Markets’ and eaten in China

The composite in Image 4 traces one of the early mimic sources for the ‘contaminated bat soup’ to one of several foreign intelligence influence operations, an account named “Restitutor Orientis”, a French language Twitter alias affiliated with Turkish intelligence.

Turkish COVID-19 Propaganda
Image 4: Sampling of the Covid-19 related influence operations by the Twitter account “Restitutor Orientis”

References and Sourcing
XRVision Sentinel AI Platform – Face recognition, image reconstruction, and object classification

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Need a Nazi for a Project, but Can’t Find One? Here’s How to Make One Up

the truth is the enemy

It can happen to anyone. You urgently need a Nazi to support some progressive narrative but alas, there are none to be found? No worries! With our award winning program you will no longer be inconvenienced by the volatile market inventory of authentic Nazis. Instead, you can continue to play the imaginary anti-fascist warrior and collect all the medals that you deserve. Here is our proven process to get you there:

  1. Get a large Nazi flag online
  2. Add Trump’s and Pence’s names to your flag
  3. Stand with your flag in front of some Trump supporters and have a colleague take a picture
  4. Wear a baseball cap and sunglass to avoid being identified through face recognition
  5. Upload the image to social media with a caption like: “I just came back from a walk in the park and you won’t believe what I saw—a Nazi Trump Supporter!!
  6. Sit back and enjoy the synthetic outrage

Fake Nazis
Image 1: Getting into position

Case in point for the effectiveness of this media stunt program is the Twitter account “Thunder Walks About”. On March 2, 2020, the account posted Image 1 showing a man holding a flag bearing a swastika and the names “Trump” and “Pence”. The accompanying read:

“Today I witnessed a bunch of trump supporters crashing a peaceful rally I was attending with my family. They were profane, disrespectful & crowded behind a nazi flag. Not one trumpster confronted him on his racism. They all stood behind him of course, showing their true selves”. 

On April 15, 2020, in a rally named Operation Gridlock, hundreds of Michiganders turned up in the state’s capital for a protest against the stay-at-home orders implemented by the governor. One of the viral but false images posted on-line about this event reused Image 1 claiming that it was taken during the Michigan rally.

Running video and linkage analysis on the “Thunder Walks About” account and Image 1 shows that it is affiliated with the Bernie 2020 PR team. The account is a collective that is used by several individuals who regularly repurpose on-line imagery and generate a large amount of progressive content and distribute it via SM platforms. Facebook and Twitter promote these materials, despite the fact that they are aware that the content has been manipulated and/or fake.

The Nazi Flag Event, The Where, Who, What, When, and Why?
The identification of Image 1 as taken on April 15, its location in Michigan, and the person holding the flag being a Nazi are all incorrect. The actual event in the image took place on March 2, 2020 and was a Bernie 2020 musical event. The location was Ann Morrison park in Boise, Idaho. The man holding the flag is a member of Bernie Sanders’ 2020 campaign team. The purpose of this photo stunt was to deliberately pose in front of some Trump supporters in order to create a fake incident. As can be clearly seen in the Image 2, this individual—when not posing as a Nazi—was busy holding a Bernie 2020 sign and was also wearing an official Antifa-Bernie t-shirt.

One final note about false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves: the “Thunder Walks About” account uses a profile image that was stolen from one Aimée Goold, an ICU Nurse who works in the Bassetlaw Teaching Hospital, in East Retford, Nottinghamshire UK. I guess the rationale for this must have been that if you are in for a penny, you are in for a pound. If you are already counterfeiting Nazis, then why not also commit some identity theft and repurpose the image of an exhausted nurse for some extra sympathy.

Nazis Everywhere
Image 2: The Nazi protester linkage, related content sampling from “Thunder Walks About” account, and a sampling of Barbara Hermel Bach’s publications, one of the leading producers and distributers of these materials

The Thunder Walks About propaganda mill
Image 3: Sampling of some of the content produced by the “Thunder Walks About” propaganda mill. Close to 40% of the materials have racist/Nazi references

*** Update 04/20/2020 ***
Several media outlets continue to provide life support for the misidentification of the man holding the Nazi flag and the reason for its use at the March 2 Bernie Sanders rally in Boise, Idaho. In one article titled Don’t Get Fooled by Fake Photos of Coronavirus Lockdown Protests, Elizabeth Nolan Brown wrote:

The man holding the swastika flag also showed up at a rally in Arizona, where he was kicked out, shouted anti-Semitic slurs at people, and was subsequently reported on by Buzzfeed. He was identified as Robert Sterkeson, who describes himself as a “stunt activist” and the Anti-Defamation League describes as a white supremacist.

It does not seem that the man’s flag was meant to be a critical commentary on the Trump administration, as some have suggested, nor a false-flag operation to make Trump supporters look bad.”

Both of these claims are incorrect. The individual depicted in the photo is not Robert Sterkeson and the reason for him posing with the flag was to purposely create a false association between the Trump supporters and Nazis.

*** Update 04/22/2020 ***
Another illustration of an on-demand generation of progressive news content and the near real-time distribution of these materials. The person in the image wearing the blue medial scrubs is not a medical professional. He is a member of a coordinated stunt photography team. The team of three arrived to the photo-shoot together and departed together afterwards.

Barbara Hermel Bach and Thunder Walks About
Image 4
: Example of staged content generated the “Thunder Walks About”.

References and Sourcing
XRVision Sentinel AI Platform – Face recognition, image reconstruction, and object classification

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