Washington, D.C. -
In an apparent attempt to retaliate to the U.S. government's bounty of several million for information leading to the capture or killing of Al-Shabaab terrorist group leaders Fuad Mohamed Khalaf, the groups spokesperson and fundraiser and Ahmed Abdi Aw-Mohamed, the founder of the Islamist group in Somalia, Al-Shabaab has offered 10 camels in a bounty for the killing of President Barack Obama.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is not out of danger either apparently, as the group is offering two camels for her as well. "Whoever brings the mujahidin information about the whereabouts of infidel Obama and the lady of Bill Clinton, the woman named Hillary Clinton, I will give a reward," the man said.
Recently, Al-Qaeda's leader Ayman al-Zawahiri and Al-Shabaab leader Ahmed Abdi Aw-Mohamed released a video announcing that Al-Shabaab of Somalia will join forces with Al-Qaeda.
Currently the U.S. State Department is offering $5 million in actual cash for Ahmed Abdi Aw-Mohamed and Ayman al-Zawahiri and up to $3 million for Fuad Mohamed Khalaf and other group leaders.
Using comparable in Somalia, and taking into consideration the drought and the health of the camels offered, the total value of the bounty being offered by Al-Shabaab is roughly $7,000 in U.S. currency. There is however, a certain intangible value about having a reward that you have to feed and give annual booster shots to.
"Obviously this does not raise the threat factor for U.S. government officials, but does shed a light on the desperation of the groups", said a State Department Spokesperson. Analyst say what is most telling is that they are trying to attract supporters, and that the two groups are on the verge of becoming sidelined in the global terror war. Only by joining forces does it give leaders new places to hide.
Despite Pakistan's animosity to the United States, the U.S. military is steadily eliminating terrorist leaders in Pakistani using military and CIA drone strikes leaving Al-Qaeda few places to hide.