The Somali army scored a significant victory against the Al-Shabab terrorist group by eliminating 30 of its members, including two senior leaders, during a military operation near El-Qura.
The Somali National Army carried out a successful operation against the Al-Shabab terrorist group near El-Qura, straddling the Galgadud and Middle Shabelle regions in the central states of Galmudug and Hirshabele. According to the Somali Defense Ministry, at least 30 terrorists, including two key commanders, were eliminated during this decisive operation.
General Abdullahi Ali Anod, spokesperson for the Ministry of Defense, confirmed that this operation is part of a series of military operations carried out in different regions of the country over the past week, resulting in the neutralization of 200 Al-Shabab militants. This series of successes demonstrates the commitment of the Somali armed forces in their fight against terrorism and violence which have plagued the country for many years.
Hirshabele State, where Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud visited recently, has been identified as an epicenter of Al-Shabab’s subversive activities. President Mohamud reaffirmed his determination to wage “total war” against the terrorist group, which allowed Somali forces to regain control of large areas, including the coastal town of Haradhere, which had been under the control of Al- Shabab for over a decade.
Continued instability in Somalia has been fueled by the terrorist activities of Al-Shabab and the Islamic State, which have carried out deadly attacks and sought to overthrow the Somali government. The African Union Transitional Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has also played a crucial role in supporting Somali forces in their efforts to counter terrorist groups.
A complex and fragile security situation
The victory of the Somali army in this operation against Al-Shabab demonstrates the country’s commitment to fighting terrorism and restoring stability. Joint efforts by Somali forces and the African Union Transitional Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have helped regain control of large areas formerly under threat from terrorist groups.
However, it is important to emphasize that the security situation in Somalia remains complex and fragile. Countering terrorism requires continued coordination between Somali security forces, international peacekeeping forces and other regional and international actors. The international community must continue to support the Somali people in their quest for lasting peace and stability.