The terror group Al-Shabaab has banned single-use plastic bags in areas of Somalia under its control, arguing that the waste is bad for the environment.
Al-Shabaab’s Radio Andalus reported that the terror group’s governor in the Jubaland region, Mohammed Abu Abdullah, said discarded plastic bags “pose a serious threat to the well-being of humans and animals alike.” How the ban would be implemented was not detailed.
The group also banned, effective immediately, the logging of indigenous trees.
Ironically, as the al-Qaeda allies pretend to care about the environment, they’ve been long funding their nefarious activities through the illegal ivory trade.
Al-Qaeda and its allies have previously promoted environmental policy. In November 2016, a special issue of Inspire, published by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s Al-Malahem Media, slammed the Obama administration for being all talk and no action on climate change and protecting the environment.
“The environment has suffered from America’s policies. In latest official statistics of International [sic] Health Organization, it mentions that 92% of the world population are breathing polluted air. Moreover, 6.5 million people are dying annually because of air pollution,” the magazine said. “One of the main cause of pollution results from American factories, which produce 36.1% of greenhouse gases. Despite that, up to this day America hasn’t taken any tangible steps to reduce these harmful gases.”
“In addition to this America opposed some laws that were imposed so as to reduce the use of materials that produce greenhouse gases. It is astonishing and deceptive to hear Obama talk about the necessity of acting boldly in combating the danger of greenhouse gases, yet his own state has not responded and dealt adequately in reducing these deadly emissions.”
In March, the Taliban’s Department of Agriculture and Agronomics directed jihadists to start planting trees as soon as the weather allows in order to curry favor with the local populace.
The Taliban noted that a “key component of public welfare works for the prosperity of our people and homeland is agriculture and tree plantation, and cited last year’s tree decree from Taliban leader Hibatullah Akhundzada that “was widely welcomed by the people and a multitude of trees were planted throughout the country.”
In that message, Akhundzada called on jihadists and civilians in occupied areas to “plant one or several fruit or non-fruit trees for the beautification of Earth and the benefit of almighty Allah’s creations.”
The Taliban reminded everyone to comply with that decree and asked the “mujahideen to plant trees for the prosperity our homeland so that our nation and people can benefit from the abundant advantages of trees and greenery.”