3 November 2013

Somalia: Amid Internal Divisions, Al Shabaab Pledges More Attacks

Mogadishu, Somalia — Somalia's Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab group said that it would increase terror campaigns against AMISOM troops amidst internal divisions and violent dispute within Al Shabaab ranks, Garowe Online reports.

Speaking on pro-Al Shabaab radio in Barawe coastal town of southern Somalia, Al Shabaab spokesman Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage said "Al Shabaab fighters are ready to protect themselves from AMISOM attacks and we will launch raids on AMISOM bases".

"It was told that AMISOM demanded new troops, the new troops will replace to those who died in Somalia. Al Shabaab is committed to attack both the current and the new AMISOM forces," added Rage.

As Al Shabaab militants have been losing grounds against Somali-AMISOM forces, their spokesman says the militants are expected to increase direct confrontations and ambushes.

Despite internal divisions which resulted in the assassination of prominent figures and officials by Al Shabaab chief Ahmed Godane, the group pledged that their operations would take an upward trajectory.

The Somali Federal Government forces backed by AMISOM dislodged Al Shabaab fighters from a string of strategic towns in southern Somalia where two decades of chaos and extremists deteriorated the security and humanitarian situations.

Somalia's central government in Mogadishu whose forces are propped up by AMISOM peacekeepers struggles with eliminating corruption, a disastrous issue which embedded in Mogadishu financial institutions with the national bank at the forefront.

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