In Somalia, two high-ranking Al-Shabaab leaders were killed during a joint operation by the Somali National Army (SNA) and international partners. The military aims to eradicate the terrorist group from strategic towns across the country. Although the specific teams involved were not disclosed, the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) and the US Africa Command have been collaborating closely in the fight against Al-Shabaab and have achieved significant progress on all battlefronts. The deceased individuals have been identified as Farah Yare, a senior commander, and Mohamed Hassan Kadiye, an associate of the militants. The raid took place in Lower Shabelle.
According to state media, the Somali security forces, with the support of international allies, successfully eliminated five Al-Shabaab fighters during the operation near Raydabley in Lower Shabelle. Among those killed were Farah Yare, a high-ranking commander, and Mohamud Hassan Kadiye (also known as Biriq), a clan leader responsible for extorting villagers.
Over the past two months, the national army, in collaboration with international partners, has eliminated more than 1,650 Al-Shabaab militants across Somalia, leaving an additional 550 with life-threatening injuries. However, these figures have not been independently verified.
Furthermore, the government has released the names, positions, and status of key Al-Shabaab leaders who were targeted in recent operations carried out in Galmudug and Hirshabelle states. Through direct confrontations and precise airstrikes, these operations have successfully eliminated 19 high-ranking terrorists who posed a threat to national stability.
In a request submitted to the United Nations Security Council, Somalia has asked for a three-month technical pause in the withdrawal of ATMIS troops. This pause will enable the national army to adequately prepare as they assume security responsibilities currently held by foreign troops.