A Somali al Qaeda affiliate, al Shabaab, has mocked the U.S. for the millions of dollars in rewards offered for whereabouts of its leaders by making a counter-offer of camels and chickens for information on the whereabouts of Obama and Hillary Clinton.
Reuters reports that according to the SITE Intelligence group, Fuad Muhammad Khalaf of the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement in Somalia made the offer after Friday prayers. According to CNN, Khalaf said: "Whoever brings the [mujahideen] information about the whereabouts of infidel Obama and the lady of Bill Clinton, the woman named Hillary Clinton, I will give a reward... Whoever reveals the hideout of the idiot Obama will be rewarded with 10 camels, and whoever reveals the hideout of the old woman Hillary Clinton will be rewarded 10 chickens and 10 roosters."
The al Shabaab bounty offer comes after U.S. State Department offered a reward of $5 million each for whereabouts of Khalaf and three of his associates: Ibrahim Haji Jama, Bashir Mohamed Mahamoud and Mukhtar Robow. The U.S. government also offered $7 million for information about al Shabaab founder and commander Ahmed Abdi aw-Mohamed. SITE reports that a bounty of $3 million was offered for the whereabouts of two other leaders of the organization, Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi and Abdullahi Yare.
According to Daily Mail, the bounties offered by the Obama administration for capture of al Shabaab leadership total $33 million. Khalaf said the bounty offers were attacks against all Muslims and denounced American leaders as "infidels."
CNN reports that an audio recording of a speaker claiming to be Fuad Mohamed Khalaf, was posted to jihadist websites. The U.S. State Department says Khalaf is al Shabaab's leading fundraiser. CNN also notes that the authenticity of the audio recording purportedly part of a speech by Khalaf to followers in the southern port city of Merca, after a Friday mosque prayer, has not been confirmed.
According to CNN, a study on the effects of drought on livestock by the Galkayo University reported that the average price of a camel in Somalia is $700. An offer of 10 camels for Obama therefore totals $7000 for the president of the United States, and much less for his Secretary of State.
ABC News reports that the bounty offers come as Somali and other East African military forces push al Shabaab forces into an ever shrinking enclave in Somalia. The Somali government has responded to al Shabaab's jeering offers, saying that it would help to hasten defeat of the militant group. Al Shabaab, which controls parts of Somalia, is fighting Kenyan troops pushing in from the south, Ethiopian troops in central Somalia and African Union forces near the capital of Mogadishu.
Reuters reports that al Qaeda announced in February that al-Shabaab has formally joined its organization. Daily Mail reports that al-Shabaab has hundreds of foreign fighters in its ranks, including Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans.