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Although Villa Somalia promised a swift victory, the war took a stunning turn last Sunday when an Al-Shabaab bomber attacked a key military training base in the capital, Mogadishu, killing 15 recruits.
Somalia's Interior Minister Ahmed Moalin Fiqi said that the military succeeded in defeating Al-Shabaab in central Somalia, adding that Hiran and Galgudud regions will soon be free from the group.
Al-Shabaab, an Al-Qaeda ally and once most feared now faces its most difficult time in history after the villagers whom it ruled for 15 years with an iron fist and coercion broke the wall of dread.
Al-Shabaab lost 20% of its strongholds in central Somalia to the Somali army during the weeks-long operations assisted by locals and the US military.
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The extremist group was driven out of Mogadishu in 2011 but is still capable of conducting attacks, targeting government installations, hotels, restaurants, and public places.
Ciidanka dowladda iyo dadka degaanka oo is-abaabulay ayaa ka saarey Al-Shabaab inta badan degaanadii ay ka joogtay gobollada Dhexe, gaar ahaan Hiiraan iyo Galgaduud, iyadoo howlgalka lagu dilay boqolaal dagaalyahan, sida ay sheegtay Wasaaradda Warfaafinta.
US Africa Command take great measures to prevent civilian casualties. These efforts contrast with the indiscriminate attacks that Al-Shabaab regularly conducts against the civilian population.
The fight in the central regions forced Al-Shabaab to withdraw from several areas, and the Somali government has said it is committed to expelling them from the whole country.
In the past few days, the army retook several villages in central Somalia from Al-Shabaab without encountering stiff resistance, according to the military.
The government troops have displayed a combination of light and heavy weapons that they said have been recovered from Al-Shabaab. There were independent sources verifying the claims.
Al-Shabaab's spokesman also called for civilians to stay away from government areas and said they are targets. His warning came after the group lost key areas in the south and central region.