The Somalian President Attends Military Event Amidst Growing Al-Shabaab Conflict
Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has taken a proactive role in the escalating war against Al-Shabaab. He recently visited various frontlines in a show of solidarity with the troops, who are expected to clear the remaining areas of HirShabelle and Galmadug states from militant control.
Initially, the government had focused its operations on these two states, but it soon became apparent that some towns were still under the rule of Al-Shabaab. This led to the activation of a clean-up exercise. Notably, the militants had initially controlled the Galmadug and HirShabelle states.
During his visit to Mahas in the Hiiraan region, President Hassan Sheikh demonstrated his dedication to the fight against Al-Shabaab by donning military fatigue. Since assuming office, he has made significant investments in combating the group, following in the footsteps of his predecessor, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, also known as Farmajo.
President Hassan Sheikh’s visit to the region comes after the dismissal of Hiiraan Governor Ali Jeyte Osman by regional President Ali Gudlawe Hussein. Osman was known for mobilizing locals against Al-Shabaab militants and gained attention for leading the fight against them.
It is worth noting that the President arrived in Mahas without Defence Minister Abdikadir Mohamed Nur, which raised eyebrows. Former HirShabelle President Mohamed Abdi Ware had previously warned against Nur, accusing him of sabotaging the war against Al-Shabaab.
The President has been personally overseeing the military operations in the Mudug and Galgaduud regions, resulting in the deaths of numerous militants. The next phase of operations will target the militants in Jubaland and Southwest states, with additional troops being deployed from the Kenyan Defense Forces and Ethiopian National Defense Forces. These troops will join the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) in securing Sector II and VI.
Overall, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud’s active participation in the war against Al-Shabaab showcases his commitment to addressing the growing threat posed by the extremist group.