Ex-AlShabaab Leader Robow In First Flight Out Of Country Since Defection
Former Somali militant group AlShabaab deputy leader Mukhtar Ali Robow made his first flight out of the country since defection on Monday evening, Radio Dalsan reports. Robow also known by the nom de guerre Abu Mansoor was spotted at the VIP section of the Aden Abdille International Airport in the capital Mogadishu awaiting to board a Juba Airlines to Jeddah Saudi Arabia. An aide of the former militant confirmed to Radio Dalsan that Robow will be in Saudi Arabia to perform the Umrah or Lesser Hajj. Robow defected to the government and denounced Al-Shabab on August 13 2017. It is most likely that Robow has not left the boundaries of Somalia since the ousting of the Islamic Courts Union from Mogadishu in December 2006 12 years ago. In June 2017 US removed Robow from it's most wanted terrorists list allowing him to travel out of Somalia.