Ethiopia, Somalia eye shift from military to economic cooperation
The government forces have in recent weeks been conducting operations in Lower Shabelle, Middle Shabelle, Hiran,, and Galgaduud regions in the south and central Somalia to regain control of the remaining areas from Al-Shabaab.
MOGADISHU, Somalia - The Somali National Army [SNA] forces of the Federal Government of Somalia have carried out a planned operation in Basra and other nearby areas under the Afgoye and Balcad Districts located on the outskirts of the capital, Mogadishu.
During the operation, the troops destroyed the Al-Shabaab court and set free several inmates, including traders from jails in the villages, according to military officials.
The SNA's elite forces captured Al-Shabaab members alive after the seizure of their strongholds. There are reports of casualties on both sides, but details are still sketchy.
The government forces have in recent weeks been conducting operations in Lower Shabelle, Middle Shabelle, Hiran, and Galgaduud regions in the south and central Somalia to regain control of the remaining areas from Al-Shabaab.
Al-Shabaab, an Al-Qaeda ally in East Africa was expelled from the capital in 2011 by SNA and AU troops who also pushed the group out of other main towns, but the security remains fragile.
The AU troops and the SNA face the group in different parts of the country with the air support of the US military which is carrying out drone strikes against Al-Shabaab strongholds.
America is involved in the war on Al-Shabaab since Washington has an interest in the country which has been a hotbed of terror for more than a decade due to the law of strong government.
He affirmed Ethiopia’s readiness to work at various levels with the new Somali government “with particular emphasis on economic growth,” according to a statement from Abiy’s office.