In a positive development, two high-ranking militants from Al-Shabaab surrendered in Somalia on Monday, marking another blow for the extremist group. Over the past 10 months, the Somali government and its partners have been conducting continuous operations against Al-Shabaab, leading to an increase in defections. Those who defect undergo thorough psychological rehabilitation before being reintegrated into society.
The Ministry of Defence confirmed the surrender of Hassan Hussein Ali and Derow Moallim Ibrahim, who held senior positions in the group in the Mudug region. This surrender occurred in the town of Harandhere, which has long been under the control of the militants.
The Ministry of Defence announced on Monday, “Today, former members of the Khawarij, Hassan Hussein Ali and Derow Moallim Ibrahim, surrendered in Harardhere, Mudug region.” The ministry praised the efforts of the Somali National Army and encouraged more young people who have joined Al-Shabaab to abandon violence and contribute to the nation-building process.
These defections are a result of the unbearable conditions caused by government offensives and airstrikes, highlighting the effectiveness of the Somali National Army’s efforts. The ministry also commended the frontline security forces for their dedication and bravery.
President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, during his recent visit to Galmadug state, called on the local population to unite in the fight against Al-Shabaab. The militant group has suffered significant losses in Somalia, with reports suggesting that 3,000 members have been killed in the initial phase of operations against them.
Currently, the government forces, supported by the US Africa Command and the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS), are conducting operations in central regions. Their goal is to launch a final assault against the militants in Jubaland and Southwest states.