Somalia: Armed Forces Showcase Successful Operation Against Al-Shabaab Extremists

Somalia: Armed Forces Showcase Successful Operation Against Al-shabaab Extremists
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In an effort to showcase their progress in combating Al-Shabaab, the Somali National Army (SNA) paraded captured militants. The SNA has been urging members of the terrorist group to surrender as part of the ongoing crackdown against Al-Qaida-linked organizations in Somalia. The country aims to completely eliminate the group by next year.

The military displayed the captured militants as a symbol of their achievements in the fight against Al-Shabaab, which still controls vast territories in rural central and southern Somalia. The group has been active for the past two decades, necessitating continuous military operations.

The militants paraded were Abdirahman Fodey Kulmiye, Abdullahi Ibrahim Hassan, and Adan Ibrahim Abshi. The military accused them of terrorizing innocent civilians and security officers in Owswayn town, which was recently liberated from the militants during a military operation.

“The Somali National Army, which recently took control of Owswayn, has presented the captured Al-Shabaab leaders to the public. Abdirahman Fodey Kulmiye, Abdullahi Ibrahim Hassan, and Adan Ibrahim Abshir have been accused of terrorizing the local population for an extended period,” confirmed the state media.

The militants have been under immense pressure due to coordinated operations within the country, aimed at defeating the group. The military has already launched combing exercises to target areas where militants have resumed their activities following the initial round of operations.

Military sources report that the first phase of operations resulted in the death of at least 3,000 militants, marking the highest number of casualties since the crackdown began. The African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS), the US Africa Command, and local militias have been closely collaborating with the national army in dislodging the militants.

The second phase of operations will commence in Jubaland and Southwest states, with the Somali National Army taking the lead. President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud emphasizes that Somalia will persist in overcoming the group’s resistance before considering engaging them in dialogue.