Hassan Sheikh: We will liberate Somalia from Al-Shabaab in a number of weeks

MOGADISHU, Somalia – A minimum of two states in Somalia are anticipated to be freed from al-Shabaab militants inside weeks, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has stated whereas praising the numerous progress made in ridding the nation of the group that has precipitated social-economic stress for the individuals of Somalia.

Whereas showing on Al-Jazeera’s Upfront present, Hassan Sheikh argued that Somalia is not a failed state as many would consider, including that its fragility doesn’t essentially imply it needs to be condemned as an unstable nation with no management in place.

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“Somalia has been through a lot,” the president stated, including, “from the civil war to now al-Shabaab challenges. We can’t just say it’s a failed state. We have a government in place, we have political reconciliation and many clans no longer fighting each other.”

“We just had a peaceful transfer of power about six months ago and an indication that we are not stagnant, at least we are going somewhere. This is the spirit and motivation that we all need. We will eventually become stable just like other countries and this is my focus.”

The President famous that two states will probably be fully freed from al-Shabaab within the coming weeks following a scientific operation that has been ongoing for the previous six months. The president didn’t title the states however the crackdown has largely centered on HirShabelle, Southwest and Galmadug states.

In line with him, Al-Shabaab has misplaced floor in a number of areas and has pushed into some distant villages the place they’re trapped. He stated they’re now abducting civilians as a method to alienate them from the federal government that needs to be offering them with companies.

“We are speaking concerning the group controlling 80% of the nation however that’s not the case now. Al-Shabaab is just not in every single place prefer it was once, they’ve been tackled successfully and in about two weeks two states will probably be fully freed from this group. There is no such thing as a extra breeding pool for them, they will not recruit Somalis,” he stated.

When requested about civilian casualties from the airstrikes principally activated by the US Africa Command, the president stated they’ve decreased considerably, including that precautions are taken by the forces each time the airstrikes are activated throughout the nation.

The President additionally praised the cooperation of the US Africa Command, African Union Transition Mission in Somalia [ATMIS] and the native militias who’ve sacrificed to make sure that the al-Shabaab menace is considerably diminished in varied components of Somalia, notably within the central and southern areas.

“Of course you cannot unleash airstrikes without killing one or two innocent people, but the forces are taking precautions. We have not had any civilian deaths in the last six months and this is commendable. We thank the forces for the good work they are doing. ”

Hassan Sheikh additionally praised the worldwide neighborhood for stepping in to avert any famine that might have hit the nation. Somalia has but to obtain rain for the previous three years, resulting in extreme drought in varied components of the nation.

He dismissed claims that over 7 million persons are dealing with potential famine, noting that help from the worldwide neighborhood within the type of meals and cash is sufficient to feed thousands and thousands of individuals dealing with hunger. Most media homes have reported on potential famine in Somalia.

“There is no famine at all in Somalia. We managed to avert it after we received support from our international partners. We have enough to feed our people and we are grateful for this. This was my priority and that is why I appointed a drought emissaries to help us gather resources.”

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud took over from Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo in June this 12 months after abysmal campaigns. The previous president handed over peacefully which led to political magnanimity within the Horn of Africa, displaying optimistic democratic traits in Africa.

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