Al Shabab uses Donald Trump in recruiting video

Al Shabab militant group releases propaganda recruitment film featuring GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, December 30, 2015.


Al Shabab militant group -Al Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia- has released a controversial documentary style film about racial injustice in the United States featuring Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, SITE Monitoring group reported on Saturday.

Trump known for his hate-filled rhetoric, was shown in the 51-minute film making his December speech in which he called for the United States to bar all Muslims from the country as his supporters cheered.

It was shown between two clips of the suspected “militant” leader Anwar al Awlaki, who was killed in a drone strike in Yemen in 2011.

The film was distributed on Twitter on Friday by the al Kataib Media Foundation, a militant organisation, SITE reported.

Trump's call to ban Muslims from entering the United States has been widely condemned by American politicians. It has also provoked an international uproar and led to criticism that his views could be used as propaganda by militant groups.

Somalia has been battling Al Qaeda-linked Al Shabab insurgency, which wants to topple the government, Somali has been able to drive the insurgency out of major strongholds with the help of African forces, but the group still continues to launch attacks against officials and civilians.

TRTWorld, Reuters