Somali government says most Islamist funding comes from ... the UK

Steven Simon once called London the “Star Wars bar scene” of Islamic fundamentalism, where throat-slitters from every corner of the Muslim galaxy rub shoulders and compare scimitars.

I like to think of the Somalis as Greedo.

British and American nationals are fighting with Islamist militias in Somalia and the fundamentalist movement is being chiefly funded by sympathisers in the UK, it has been claimed.

The Deputy Prime Minister of the country’s transitional government accused Britain of being the main source of money and men for the fighters of the Islamic Courts Union (ICU)…

The Independent, in Mogadishu after the Somali capital was taken over by Islamist forces last summer, discovered a significant number of young Somalis who had returned to fight for the Islamists from the diaspora in the West.

I spoke to at least half a dozen young men, including two brothers from Wood Green in north London who were acting as bodyguards for Sheik Yusuf, one of the main Islamist commanders. One of the brothers, Hamid, said at the time: ” The true Muslims are the only ones who are honest and who are patriots. We are doing our duty by fighting for our country…

The Foreign Office said that it was investigating the allegations. “We take these reports very seriously and will do everything we can to look into them,” a spokeswoman said. “We are in constant touch with the Ethiopian and Somalian governments, and will look into this matter.”

The deputy prime minister is Hussain Mohammed Aideed, son of Somali warlord Mohamed Farah Aideed, whose men dragged the bodies of American soldiers through the streets of Mogadishu after the Black Hawk Down incident of 1993. Go here and see for yourself what Hussain Aideed used to do for a living. America’s an amazing place, my friends.

Update: Debka says U.S. intel thinks they got one of the big three AQ they were gunning for in the gunship attack two days ago.