Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Somalia new military push to begin in days

06 August 2014, 15:10

Washington - Somalia's President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud told Reuters on Tuesday he expected a new military drive by African Union and Somali forces to start in the next few days to push al Shabaab militants from more territory.

Al Shabaab ruled most of the southern region of Somalia from 2006 until 2011 when African forces drove them out of Mogadishu and then expelled them from most urban centres in a nation that has faced war and turmoil for more than two decades.

But the al Qaeda-aligned Islamists, who sought to impose a very strict version of Islamic sharia law, still hold swathes of territory. Mohamud said those areas would be the focus of the operation, building on successes from another push earlier this year that reduced al Shabaab's territorial control.

"Operation Indian Ocean is going to start within the next few days," Mohamud said in an interview during a visit to Washington, where he is attending a summit of African leaders.

"We have all the measures in place to make sure that Operation Indian Ocean will definitely succeed."

Deepening ties with US

The president dismissed a recent spate of attacks in Mogadishu - which include the killing of a lawmaker last week - as the "last kick" of a group he said was being squeezed by Somalia and African Union forces.

He said the same of al Shabaab's attacks overseas, which include an attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi last year which killed 67 people.

"This is a sign of weakness," Mohamud said. "The geographic area of al Shabaab has (shrunken) and now they are changing their tactics."

Mohamud said he felt confident in his own personal security despite attempts on his life over the years. Militants have repeatedly attacked the presidential compound, including a car bomb strike in July.

"Al Shabaab has been attempting to eliminate myself and other top leadership. But they couldn't succeed in the past and they can't succeed in the future," he said.

Mohamud's visit to the US comes at a time of deepening ties between the two countries. The US in June announced it would appoint its first ambassador to Somalia since 1993, and Somalia's first ambassador to Washington in over two decades accompanied Mohamud's delegation during his visit.

"(The) US-Somali relationship is improving," Mohamud said, adding "we are talking about strategic partnership."

- Reuters


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
William Korir
CORD to stop Jubilee efforts to r...

The CORD Coalition will not allow plans to remove Kenya from the Rome Statutes take place, it has said. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
How long will it take Kenya to le...

Kenya is looking to leave the ICC. But what is the process behind the exit? Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Jubilee resumes efforts to push K...

Kenya will this week resume efforts to leave the ICC court. Read more...

Submitted by
S Mbinya
How to treat him right

Men want to go home to a woman who makes them feel loved and appreciated. Here's how to make him feel special here: Read more...

Submitted by
S Mbinya
Kenyans demand action after femal...

This comes a few days after a female passenger was drugged and then robbed in a matatu plying the Kenyatta – Kencom route. Read more...

Submitted by
S Mbinya
Natural aphrodisiacs to boost lib...

It is advisable to take them before sex in order to achieve maximum benefit. Read more...