Somali President assigns Ali Jeyte to oversee local efforts against al-Shabab militants


Mogadishu – We are pleased to announce that Ali Jeyte Osman, previously the governor of Hiiraan, has been appointed as the head of the Somali President’s office for coordinating local fighters (Ma’wisley) in the ongoing battle against al-Shabaab. This development was reported by the state media on Sunday.

According to the Somali National News Agency, Ali Jeyte Osman, who was also elected as the President of an administration not recognized by the federal government, will now lead the Civilian Defense Forces in the fight against the militant group of al-Shabab.

Ali Jeyte Osman has yet to comment on his appointment to this new role.

In September, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, along with politicians, traditional elders, and lawmakers from the Hawadle community, held a meeting in Mahas district, Hiiraan region. They collectively decided to intensify military operations against the militants.

Beledweyne, situated around 300 kilometers north of Mogadishu, has recently emerged as the focal point of local community mobilization against al-Shabab. Ali Jeyte Osman and other local officials have led community forces in supporting the Somali government forces. This effort has resulted in the recapture of numerous villages previously under the control of the militant group.