Somalia reveals strategic initiative to eliminate Al-Shabab in near future
By ANIKET DIXIT
Sunday August 20, 2023
Mogadishu: Somalia’s government, led by Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble, has made a bold declaration to eliminate the Al-Shabab terrorist group from the country within the next few months.
Prime Minister Roble announced this important initiative on Saturday, emphasizing the collaboration between the government, the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), and their allied partners.
He acknowledged the significant progress made in recent months against Al-Shabab, including regaining control over its strongholds and greatly reducing its ability to carry out attacks. However, Roble recognized the persistent threat posed by Al-Shabab and expressed the government’s unwavering commitment to completely eradicate the group.
“We are determined to defeat Al-Shabab and bring peace and stability to Somalia,” reaffirmed Roble. “We will persevere until we achieve this goal.”
The international community has welcomed this resolute stance. The United States, a major contributor to AMISOM, has reaffirmed its dedication to support Somalia’s efforts to dismantle Al-Shabab.
“We stand in solidarity with the Somali people in their fight against Al-Shabab,” stated the US State Department. “We will continue to support both AMISOM and the Somali government as they work towards creating a safer and more prosperous future for all Somalis.”
Al-Shabab, an extremist Islamist organization, has been engaged in a prolonged conflict within Somalia for more than a decade. The group maintains control over significant parts of the southern and central regions of the country.
Al-Shabab’s history is marked by a series of attacks, including suicide bombings, targeted assassinations, and assaults on schools and hospitals. Moreover, the group has been involved in acts of terrorism beyond Somalia’s borders, with notable attacks in Kenya and Uganda.
The government’s commitment to combat Al-Shabab is a significant step forward in the ongoing struggle. However, the feasibility of eliminating the group within the proposed timeframe remains uncertain.
There are several challenges that complicate this endeavor:
Al-Shabab possesses a strong arsenal and financial resources.The group has a significant following within Somalia.The government faces difficulties in building a capable and efficient military.Providing basic public services continues to be a struggle, hindering efforts to gain community support.
Despite these complexities, the government remains steadfast in its determination. Prime Minister Roble’s announcement reflects an unwavering commitment to rid Somalia of the Al-Shabab menace.