US President Barack Obama yesterday (Tuesday) signed an executive order freezing the property of members of a individuals and groups it accused of "contributing to the conflict in Somalia" in violation of UN resolutions. The statement of order from the White House justifies the decision reasoning the individuals and their groups have threatened US foreign policy interests through their acts of destabilization and piracy in and around Somalia.
Obama said to have declared “a national emergency to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by that conflict."
He said that the measure he has taken never targets the entire Somalia but rather the individuals that threaten the peace and stability of Somalia and the region.
President Obama’s order has listed names of targeted individuals that belong to the leadership of extremist armed groups in Somalia as in al-Shabab and Hizbul Islam. Among them are Ahmed Abdi Godane , Yasin Ali Baynax, Mohamed Abdi Garad, Sheikh Hassan Abdulahi Hersi (a.k.a. “Hassan Turki”) , Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys (Hisbul Islam leader), Aden Hashi Ayrow (dead), and Mukhtar Robow 'Abu Mansour (al-Shabab leader).
Most of the country, including most parts of the capital city, Mogadishu, is now controlled by the al-Shebab forces.