MOGADISHU, Somalia – Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has fired the commander of the particular forces [Danab] Main Ismail Abdimalik below unclear circumstances and appointed Majesty Ahmed Abdullahi ‘Beryare’ skilled in the US as his successor.
Safety specialists warned that frequent replacements of the US-trained unit may monitor down the combat in opposition to Al-Shabaab, a bunch that has ravaged the Horn of Africa for almost twenty years.
No official justification has been given for Malik’s dismissal, but it surely comes as a Somali chief faces rising criticism of the frequent alternative of the navy and safety leaders with none vital acquire within the battle in opposition to al-Shabaab.
Danab forces are being skilled by the U.S. Military below U.S. African command at Balligodle Military Base and are key to spearheading delicate operations in opposition to Al-Shabaab in central and southern Somalia and have beforehand reported vital positive aspects.
The forces often participate in floor battles with the US, which helps with air surveillance, in keeping with military stories. The staff has beforehand been capable of counter Al-Shabaab raids, significantly these focusing on military bases throughout the nation, most lately on the Janay Abdalla base in Jubaland.
And insiders say Main Ismael Abdimalik, who has been answerable for the forces, has since been fired simply after serving lower than a yr. It isn’t clear why he was fired, however it’s understood that he has served within the Ministry of Protection within the final days earlier than his dismissal.
The military chief was thought-about one of the crucial constant members of the service and performed a key position in rebuilding the Somali Nationwide Military [SNA] which has undergone a serious transformation within the final decade. He leaves as a common who gained appreciable success in opposition to the Al-Shabaab militants.
For instance, he guided the military to overcome necessary strategic cities in Somalia, significantly in Decrease Shebelle and elements of the Jubba area. Additional, below his command, he managed to conduct profitable operations in opposition to Al-Shabaab, who noticed a number of the high commanders die.
For the previous seven years, the Danab contingent has not had stability after a complete of seven commanders. It’s uncommon for the military to vary commander for a brief time period, one thing that will fear Somalia’s worldwide companions who’re financing the military.
In truth, it’s Colonel Ahmed Abdullahi Sheikh ‘Ahmed Danab’ who resided as Danab chief for greater than a yr; all of the others have been answerable for the brigade much less time. The Ministry of Protection has not often justified the frequent replacements of the particular forces within the final seven years.
Right here is the checklist of troopers who’ve served as Danab commanders for the previous seven years:
Colonel Hassan ‘Commandos’ 2013-20142. Lieutenant Colonel Yaqub Ahmed Siyaad 2014-20153. Colonel Ahmed Abdullahi Sh. ‘Ahmed Danab’ 2016-20194. Could. Abdirahman Omar ‘Jeeniqaar’, 2019-20205. Could. Ismail Abdi Maalik 2020-20206. Could. Ahmed Abdullahi ‘Beryare’, 2020-nu
The stories additionally come amid stories that President Donald Trump has ordered the withdrawal of US troops from Somalia. There are presently near 600 troopers within the Horn of Africa, they usually have been concerned in coaching and equipping the Somali Nationwide Military.