Al-Shaabab opts for clan politics to tackle armed rivals


Terror group al-Shabaab has started using clannism and tribalism to counter Maawisley, a rival armed group that consists of civilians who took up arms to resist al-Shabaab’s rule.

Following defeats in the battlefield, the group has forced some civilians to demonstrate and denounce maawisley falsely accusing them of belonging to one clan.

The civilians who took part in the demonstration were forced at gun point to denounce maawisley group and call them names.

This is a desperate attempt by the murderous group al-Shabaab to divide people along tribal lines in order to rule them with utmost control. The group is facing less political support and armed groups like maawisley are a threat to its existence.

It has been weakened both financially and militarily and it has resorted to intimidation and division to continue its cruelty against the Somali population.
 

How al-Shabaab recruits child soldiers

 

On the 12th of February 2019, the word has marked International Day Against the Use of Child Soldiers, to shed light on the rising exploitation of children in armed conflicts.

In Somalia, child abductions are a common occurrence almost exclusively conducted by the blood-sucking murderous group al-Shabaab in order to forcibly recruit them as child soldiers.

In mid-January 2019, the group abducted more than 60 school-going children in El-garas in Bakool region in a desperate move to replenish its number of soldiers that continue to be decimated en-masse every day.

Throughout its history, al-Shabaab has threatened and abducted civilians to force communities to hand over their children for indoctrination and military training across Somalia.

Al-Shabab has ordered elders, teachers in Islamic religious schools, and communities in rural areas to provide hundreds of children as young as 8 or face attack, revealing how desperate the group has become after losing political support and a dwindling number of soldiers at its disposal.

After the children as young as 8 are abducted, they are put into indoctrination centers and are brainwashed into believing al-Shabaab’s wrong ideologies. The children are soon after used as suicide bombers in attacks against innocent civilians.

Al-Shabaab secret sites destroyed in an operation


The Somali National Army (SNA) has conducted intensive operations in Lower Jubba Somalia and destroyed several Al-Qaeda linked Al-Shabaab sites and defused improvised explosive devices (IEDs).


SNA forces conducted a well-coordinated operation targeting al-Shabaab bases used to organize attacks against the government and the African Union forces.


The army was able to eliminate secret sites which al-Shabaab carried out its subversive operations against unarmed civilians.


During the operation, the troops successfully defused a roadside bomb plant on a major military supply route in Jamaame district of Lower Jubba. The troops also recovered several other items nearby, including IED detonating remotes, cell phones, vehicle batteries, IED making powders among others.


The troops also carried out operations in some areas in Jamaame district and the people of Araare, Kobon and Muse Haji greatly welcomed them. The military provided the residents with food and medicine.


Somali elite forces and US forces have in the recent past conducted covert operations in Middle Jubba and Lower Shabelle, some of the two regions which al-Shabaab still controls.

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