Somalia makes gains against Al-Shabaab extremists
The Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab are still a powerful and dangerous force but have lost a string of towns to the 22,000-strong AU mission in Somalia (AMISOM). The southern port of Barawe is now one of the few major settlements under their control, said UN special representative in Somalia Nick Kay.
"It is very important they are deprived of their towns," Kay told AFP while visiting the Kenyan capital. He said the hardline Shebab were still generating at least $25 million (19 million euros) a year from charcoal, which is mainly exported to Gulf nations.
Security sources say the latest offensive is likely to begin early next month. The Shebab are fighting to topple Somalia
At the end of October, Somalia saw its deadliest attack since 2017, 121 were people killed and 333 injured in a double car bombing in the capital, Mogadishu.