Al-Shabaab completely abandons key strategic town

 

The blood-sucking group al-Shabaab is reported to have completely withdrawn and abandoned the key town of Elbur in Galmudug state, Somalia. Residents, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of fear of reprisals, confirmed the evacuation of the murderous militants in the town.

The residents’ added al-Shabaab withdraw because of an upcoming offensive by the Somali National Army (SNA) in Elbur town. Reports indicate that Galmudug forces and SNA are preparing to take over Elbur and other areas where al-Shabaab has been harassing the Somali people for decades.

The group, which lied about our religion, suffered a major setback, with senior leaders, including Abdikadir Komandoos, recently killed in Sakow. The murderous group now has no freedom to carry out operations that threaten the security and peace of the Somali people. Security analysts predict that al-Shabaab's power will not recover and that we are now in the throes of its death bed. 

 

How the youth has realized al-Shabaab’s lies and deceptions

 

The murderous group al-Shabaab has been forcing the Somali youth to join their ranks by kidnapping and indoctrinating them in special schools after it lost those who joined the group voluntarily. 

According to al-Shabaab defectors, the group’s members have realized how they have been misled and enticed into joining a group that fought for their religion. After joining the group, they found out that they were being used by their leaders to nourish themselves at the members’ expense.  

After the Somali government offered amnesty to Shabaab defectors, a centre to rehabilitate them was established and the youth in the centre are made up of mostly those who were forcibly recruited by the group and others who voluntarily joined. Speaking of his experience, Abdirahman, one of the youths in the centre said he was kidnapped in front of his parents.

“My parents were told to choose between giving out their livestock, giving cash donations or giving up their child for recruitment. They could not afford two of those options. The only option that was left was to give me up at gun point,” he said.

All of the defectors in the centre in unison stated their defection was prompted by the atrocities al-Shabaab is committing against innocent civilians and how they could no longer tolerate their people being ostracized.  

 

Top al-Shabaab leader defects

A top al-Shabaab commander has recently surrendered to government forces amid the relentless ongoing crackdown of the group. Mohamed Abdi Hassan is said to have surrendered at the government-controlled Qansah Dheere town in the Bay region, ending his years of close association with al-Shabaab. He's believed to have been an active member for close to five years and was among top commanders.

According to officials, Abdi, who is in his early 30s, defected from the group in the Southwest state. A photo taken from the incident shows him handing over weapons to the Somali National Army [SNA] who have been conducting operations across the region for months.

Since March, the SNA troops have been launching joint operations with AU forces and the US Africa Command across Somalia, mainly targeting al-Shabaab and IS-Somalia hideouts. So far, dozens of militants have been killed besides capturing strategic towns in the country. Further, throughout the same period, dozens of militants have defected to the government, significantly weakening the ability of the group.

Defectors usually undergo thorough rehabilitation programs before they are officially repatriated to society. Abdi is believed to have been conducting sophisticated attacks mainly targeting civilians in Southwest before his shocking defection. Currently, he's still under the guidance of the Somali army and would be rehabilitated in the coming weeks.

His defection came just a day after security forces in Somalia conducted operations with the aid of international allies. Al-Shabaab is off balance and is significantly concerned for its leadership’s security. The group no longer enjoys the operational freedom it did prior to 2019. It’s significantly visible that the group no longer has the same operational capability in terms of regional operations both logistically and fiscally.

The group also lost key commanders between 2015 and 2017 including Muhamed Kuno Gamadere, Yusuf Haji, Ibrahim Naalaye, Mustafa Arab, and Abdullahi Irad. Kinetic military operations by the Somali National Army (SNA) in Southern Somalia has significantly weakened conditions that fuels its growth and propels it to the forefront of the jihadist movement. 

 

Internal wrangles deepen as al-Shabaab changes leadership

 

Al-Shabaab has made changes to its top leadership amid internal wrangles in the militant group with divided allegiance to global jihadist movements. Al-Shabaab's Emir (supreme leader) Ahmed Diriye Abu Ubaidah had been replaced due to ill health. "Because of health concerns, the power of militant group Al-Shabaab has been temporarily transferred to Abukar Adan, his deputy leader," said the report.

There has been a bitter power struggle between a section led by Mahad Karate and supporters of Abu Ubaidah on the nomination of a new leader. A study released early in August, by a think-tank, indicated the Al-Qaeda-linked jihadist group may have been overwhelmed by Covid-19. The report said the terror group's leadership and expansion plans were affected as members haggled on how to handle the pandemic.

Some members reportedly pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, a terror group that arose from Iraq and Syria before spreading its evil around the world. Other analysts have indicated that reports of bhang fields in areas al-Shabaab controls mean the militant group may be departing from its jihadist stance and using crime to advance its cause. Despite his departure, there is a bounty on Ubaidah's head.

In 2015, the US offered a $6 million reward for any information leading to his capture. He had replaced Ahmed Abdi Godane, who was killed in a US drone strike in September 2014. The offer of the reward also mentioned Mahad Karate, also known as Abdirahman Mohamed Warsame, who is believed to have played a key role in the April 2, 2015 attack on Garissa University College that killed 148 people.

 

Key villages liberated from al-Shabaab’s shackles

Counterterrorism assets continue to mount pressure on al-Qaeda affiliated al-Shabaab in southern Somalia. In the past few days, the Danab forces have conducted intensive campaigns especially in Lower Juba in an effort to dislodge al-Shabaab militants group, which has also increased activities in this region of Somalia.

According to military sources, Danab forces launched a massive military operation against al-Shabaab positions, capturing at least four villages near the port city of Kismayo in Lower Juba, southern Somalia.

The special forces unit seized Janaa-Abdale, Helishid, Mayonde, and Garascebe. The liberation of villages comes less than a week after the forces liberated other villages including Hawaljiri, Bernasey, Yaq-Bishaar and Osbo.

The Somali forces backed by allied forces, are conducting operations against al-Shabaab in Somalia to degrade the group’s ability to recruit, train and plot internal and external attacks.

 

Al-Shabaab kills a disabled man in Baidoa

The deceased, known as Sharif Mukhtar, was shot dead in his home, located in the al-Barakat IDP camp, which is located Shaati Gaduud near the airport in Baidoa.

Adan Aliow, a local resident, said Sharif Mukhtar, a handicapped person, was brutally murdered by al-Shabaab members. “It was a really painful event. A poor lame man was killed. I mean he had no legs. Men with guns went into his house and killed him. "They brutally killed him and they escaped from the scene," Adan Aliyow said.

He also said that they did not know the motives for the killing, although he was a leader at an internally displaced camp. "He was the chairman of al-Barakat camp, which is located near the Baidoa airport," Aden Aliyow said.

The murderous terror group is known to target innocent people and their main intention is to decimate the local population especially those in leadership positions. 

 

 

 

 

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