Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has dismissed the capture of settlements by al Shabaab militants this month, saying they had no strategic value and it did not signal a resurgence of the Islamist group.
Al Shabaab, which wants to topple Mohamud and his Western-backed government, retook the central Somali town of Buqda and two other southern settlements this month and has attacked African troops.
The raids follow a military campaign by the African Union’s AMISOM forces and Somali troops that pushed the rebels out of towns on the coast and drove them into increasingly small pockets of countryside mostly in the south of Somalia.
“AMISOM and Somali National Army have liberated most of the major towns in Somalia and have taken over the strategic locations,” Mohamud told Reuters in an interview in the capital Mogadishu.
“In the remote areas, al Shabaab may move around to take over some smaller towns, but these are not strategic.”
He said the group that had once ruled much of Somalia, now had limited had access to the sea, which experts said had been used in the past to generate cash for the group from smuggling or importing arms.
Al Shabaab controls the Haradheere port town in central Somalia but it lost control of Kismayu port in 2012.
“Al Shabaab is not regaining strength at all. It lost everything that could give it strength.”
Western diplomats say the group is being slowly weakened, but can still pack a punch and threaten the pace of Somalia’s gradual reconstruction and state-building process.
Just on Thursday, a blast claimed by al Shabaab killed at least three soldiers who were waiting to collect their salaries at a military camp in Kismayu.
As well as attacking troops, the group frequently carries out bombings and gun attacks on officials at bureaus, hotels or restaurants.
The president said Somalia was looking to encourage more investment by reforming legislation. Most private investment from abroad has so far come from expatriate Somalis returning.
“Somalia will attract direct foreign investment in the near future. We have been preparing the legal framework that makes this happen,” he said. He did not elaborate the exact measures but said that agriculture, fishing and oil and gas development were potential areas for attracting more investments.
3 Somalia Regional States Say No To Farmaajo Term Extension.
The regional state leaders of Southwest, HirShabelle, and Galmudug allied with incumbent President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo have opposed to any form of extension on Tuesday evening.
In a joint statement Galmudug and HirShabelle called for dialogue based on 17 September pact.
“We agreed that the country should hold elections as soon as possible and that any form of extension should be abolished,” read part of the joint statement by HirShabelle and Galmudug.
Southwest leader Abdiaziz laftagaren also opposed the term extension of the President just an hour after Galmudug and HirShabelle released a joint statement.
The move by the three regional states allied to President was welcomed by Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble who also instructed the military commanders to pull back forces to their locations and barracks.
“I would like to welcome the press statements made by Galmudug and HirShabelle federal states, ” PM Roboe said in a statement.
“I call on the FMS states of Puntland and Jubaland and Benadir region to fully commit to a peaceful process in our efforts to hold free and inclusive election, ” he added.
United Nations, United Kingdom, United States and opposition leaders including former President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud commended the move by the regional states.
“The UN in Somalia noting statements by Qoorqqor, Ali Gudlawe, PM Roble and others recalls int’l partners position: consensus is vital for any electoral process; only 17 September model can be endorsed by FGS and all FMS; all parties must reject violence and resume dialogue, ” the United Nations said.
The development comes as families in some parts of Mogadishu fleed from their residences and moved to other district followings clashes.
Somali Gov’t Warns Al-Shabaab & ISIS Will Capitalize On SNA Faction Clashes.
Somali National Security Minister Hassan Hundubey has warned opposition groups to be wary of “unknown elements” including Al-Shabaab and Daesh who might seek to use the current crisis to inflict harm to the public.
Speaking to the media on Tuesday said that the government may take action to confront people with the “behaviour of militias” who are taking advantage of the situation.
“The government has enough troops to take control of the city. It is Ramadan, but more actions need to be taken to prevent it.” mr. Hundebey said.
”The reason the prime minister called for dialogue is that the government does not want the fighting to affect the residence,” he added.
The remarks by the interior minister come hours after the international partners strongly condemned the outbreak of violence in the capital.
“We are alarmed especially by the emerging fragmentation of the Somali National Army along clan lines, which detracts from its primary task of combating Al Shabab and protecting the Somali population. Use of security forces for the pursuit of political objectives is unacceptable” the statement read in part.
As tensions increase in Mogadishu following Sunday clashes between government soldiers and those who were against President Farmaajo’s two years term extension.
In Mogadishu, Residents Flee From Their Houses Due To Possible Clashes.
Hundreds of families have fled from different districts in the capital Mogadishu following Sunday’s heavy gunfight between government soldiers and backing Farmaajo and those against his two years term extension.
On Tuesday morning families were seen fleeing from the violence in parts of Howlwadaag, Kaaraan and Hodan districts as tensions remain high in parts of the country.
Families were seen moving in other parts of the capital as they packed their households in public service vehicles and Autorickshaws.
Tension, however, remains in most parts of the country as soldiers can still be seeing patrolling strategic areas of the city.
Government forces barricaded Daljirka Dahson monument this morning amid fears that Pro-government troops will launch an attack on opposition positions.
On Sunday night universities in the capital were closed following clashes between Somali forces and opponents of President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed.
Guddoomiye Mursal oo Arrimaha doorashooyinka kala hadlay Wafdi ka socda Qatar
Ra’iisul Wasaare Rooble oo la kulmay ergeyga dalka Qatar Al- Qahtani
Mareykanka Oo Gaadiid Dagaal Ku Wareejiyay Dowladda Soomaaliya
Go’aankii Xildhibaanada Golaha Shacabka oo Ay Soo Dhaweeyeen Midowga Musharaxiinta.
Itoobiya oo Argagixiso u Aqoonsatay Ururrada TPLF iyo OLF.
Antonio Guterres oo baaq u diray Saamileyda Siyaasadda Soomaaliya
Al-Shabaab Ayaa Weerar Ku Qaaday Degmada Raaga-ceelle.
Ra’iisul Wasaare Rooble oo Ku Dhawaaqay in Laqabanaayo Doorasho.
Farmaajo oo ku Dhawaaqay in Howlaha doorashooyinka & Amniga uu ku Wareejinayo Rooble
Shariif Sheekh Axmed Oo Saxaafada Kula Hadlay Magaalada Muqdisho.
Sheekh Shariif Sheekh Axmed Oo Dalka Dib Ugu Soo Laabtay.
Maraykanka oo Codsaday in la Baabi’yo Hindise Sharciyeedka Muddo Kororsiga Aheed.
Maxamed Xuseen Rooble Oo Kulamo la yeeshay Midowga Musharaxiinta iyo Madaxda Hirshabelle iyo Galmudug.
Golaha Shacabka oo Beeniyay in Kulanka Sabtida Xilka looga Qaadayo RW Rooble
Rooble Ayaa Ugu Baaqay Dadkii Ka Barakacay Xaafadaha Muqdisho In Ay Dib Ugu Soo Laabtaan.
3 Somalia Regional States Say No To Farmaajo Term Extension.
Qarax Khasaaro Dhimasho iyo Dhaawac Dhaliyey Oo Ka Dhacay Magaalada Muqdisho.
Gudoomiye Mursal Oo Faray Xildhibaanada Golaha Shacabka In Ay Soo Xaadiraan Xarunta Golaaha.
Madaxweyne Farmaajo Oo Ogolaaday in lagu Noqonayo Heshiiskii Lana Qabto Doorasho Shuruud La’aan ah
Maamulka Koonfur Galbeed Oo Soo Dhaweeyey Go’aankii Ra’iisul wasaaarer Rooble.
Puntland iyo Jubbaland Oo Soo Dhoweeyay Mowqifyada RW Rooble Galmudug, iyo Hirshabelle.
Rooble Oo Ku Dhawaaqay in Dalka uu Doorasho Galaayo
Galmudug iyo Hirshabeelle oo Kasoo Horjeestay Muddo Kordhintii Farmaajo.
Hey’addaha Ammaanka oo soo bandhigay Taleefan Nambar oo shacabka ka soo wici karaan
Saldhig cusub oo boolis oo maanta laga furay Garoonka Aadan Cadde (Daawo Sawirada)
Kulan ay isgu yimaadeen Golaha Odayaasha dhaqanka Qowmiyadda Beelaha Banaadiriga iyo Golaha Isbadal doon ka siyaasada banaadiriga ayaa waxa ay kasoosaareen war saxaafadeed
Yuusuf Maxamed Siyaad (Indha Cadde) oo ka hadlay sababaha keenay in al-shabaab puntland gaaraan
Maxkamadda Ciidamada Qalabka Sida oo 3 Ruux xukun ku riday
Baarlamaanka Somaliya, ayaa weli ku guda jira la xisaabtanka Xukuumadda Ra’iisul Wasaare Cumar C/rashiid Cali Sharmaake
Amp: Somaliya u fadhida Pakistan ayaa kulan la qaadatay wasiirada wax barashada iyo caafimaadka ee dalka Pakistan.
Maxamed Cabdi Afey ayaa sheegay in dadaal u geli doonaan sidii Maxkamadda caalamiga xafiis uga furan laheyd Soomaaliya
Golaha Aqalka Sare ee Dalaka Ayaa Canbaareeyey Falkii Ka Dhacay Guriga Cabdi qaybdiid
C/raxmaan C/shakuur “Waa in baaritaan madax banaan lagu sameeyo hantida laga dhacay Bankiga Dhexe”
Wasaaradda Owqaafta iyo Arrimaha Diinta ayaa Soo Saartay War Saxaafadeed ku wajahan Maamullada Masaajidda iyo Xarumaha Diinta
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Ra’iisul Wasaare Khayre oo kormeer ku tagey qaar kamid ah Xarumaha Wasaaradaha
United Nations, AMISOM, IGAD, EU and UK congratulate Ahmed Madobe on Presidential elections
Madaxweyne Xasan Sheekh oo Muqdisho ku soo laabtay
The African Union Commission rejects allegations of human rights violations by Amisom troops
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