Somalia: PM - Al Shabab Will Be Driven Out Before August

Mogadishu — The prime minister of Somalia's Transitional Federal Government (TFG),Abdiweli Mohammed Ali, announced plans to eliminate the Al Qaeda-allied Al shabab militants from the whole country before August 20, the deadline to implement a roadmap for a new government of Somalia.

Speaking with a state run Radio,Somalia PM Abdiweli Mohammed Ali said: "Somali government troops with the help of African Union peacekeepers are committed to finish the reign of Al shabab control in Somalia."

Mr. Ali stated that Somali and AU forces have previously secured several key areas in south and central Somalia and now pursuing the Islamist militants in many fronts in the country as he put it.

"Al shabab lost most of its territory during 18-month offensives involving African Union forces, the Somali government,Ethiopia and Kenya," Somali Abdiweli Mohammed Ali added.

This comment came as Somali and AU forces made a significant progress in the recent battle took the control of many key areas located on the outskirts of Mogadishu, after driving Al shabab militants at the end of last month.

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