Al-Shabaab on verge of defeat, analysts say

By Mahmoud Mohamed in Mogadishu

February 27, 2012

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Successive military setbacks and the loss of key leaders have debilitated al-Shabaab in Somalia, Somali government officials and security analysts say.

  • Somali police and military soldiers stand guard suspected al-Shabaab members at a temporary jail in Mogadishu on February 21st. [Abdurashid Abdulle Abikar/AFP]

    Somali police and military soldiers stand guard suspected al-Shabaab members at a temporary jail in Mogadishu on February 21st. [Abdurashid Abdulle Abikar/AFP]

Squeezed on three fronts by regional forces and the Somali military, the movement suffered another major blow on Friday (February 24th), when an airstrike reportedly killed a number of foreign militants fighting alongside the al-Qaeda allied group in Lower Shabelle.

According to media reports, a militant by the name of Mohammed Sakr was killed, along with two other foreign militants. Somali media reports also suggested a Kenyan, Sheik Abukar Haji Ahmed, and an Egyptian may have also been killed, although the extent of their involvement remains unclear.

"Al-Shabaab is on its way towards defeat," Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohammed Ali said at the conclusion of the London conference on Somalia Thursday, adding that he would welcome "targeted" airstrikes against al-Shabaab strongholds and al-Qaeda elements in Somalia.

"The [militants] have lost the hearts and minds of the Somali people, which is why they are losing territory day after day and we hope that the rebel al-Shabaab group will have no military existence in about a month's time," Ali said.

Somali security and political analysts say the airstrikes against al-Shabaab leaders, terrorist camps and foreign al-Qaeda elements are helping debilitate the group.

"The foreign fighters from al-Qaeda came to Somalia to undermine peace and destabilise our country and the region and to create a safe haven for terrorists in Somalia from all over the world," Somali security analyst Bashir Mohammed told Sabahi. "That is why we welcome the air raids against them."

Mohammed said the reported deaths of foreign fighters in the Friday strike and the earlier death of Bilal al-Berjawi, a key leader of al-Qaeda in the Horn of Africa, represent a severe blow to al-Qaeda and its extremist allies in the Horn of Africa.

Baidoa a major success in fight against al-Shabaab

Friday's air strike came two days after Somali government forces and their Ethiopian allies took control of Baidoa -- one of al-Shabaab's biggest strategic strongholds in southern Somalia.

The Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG) announced in a statement that liberating the city of Baidoa represents the beginning of the end for the al-Shabaab extremist group.

Several analysts said al-Shabaab has suffered from repeated defeats and consecutive setbacks on the ground during the past few months and is on the verge of being defeated.

"Al-Shabaab is currently the subject of a wide-scale military operation on three fronts simultaneously," political analyst Ahmed Warsame told Sabahi. "The Somali, Kenyan and Ethiopian triple attack to crush al-Shabaab rebels is starting to bear fruit and the group is drawing its last breath after its geographical control receded."

Political analyst Abdirahman Omar said the liberation of Baidoa, which is the third largest and one of the most important cities in southern Somalia, is another setback for al-Shabaab.

"Al-Shabaab has recently been in a state of retreat, but the capture of Baidoa and other towns in the southwest of the country without much resistance is a sign that al-Shabaab is getting weaker and that it is unable to stand in the face of the advancement of the Somali government troops and its Ethiopian allies," Omar told Sabahi.

Omar said that repeated setbacks suffered by al-Shabaab -- in Mogadishu, Beledweyne, Baidoa and other parts of southern Somalia -- are indicative of the militant group's diminishing force.

"This step has indicated that al-Shabaab is waning and is on its way to being defeated. This step will isolate and tighten the noose around the group, paving the way for the complete demise of al-Shabaab," he said.

Daud Makran, a Somali political analyst and university lecturer, also said al-Shabaab's retreat in Baidoa indicates the group is becoming weaker.

"Al-Shabaab's retreat from Baidoa without putting up a fight is indicative of the group's diminishing military might or even its military defeat," he told Sabahi. "It seems that al-Shabaab has been defeated and is unable to confront the military campaign against it by the allied forces."

Makran said he expects more allied-military successes. "I personally think that these allied forces will soon take over more regions in central and southern Somalia," he said.

Baidoa 'free from the grasp of extremists'

Abdifatah Mohammed, governor of the Bay region, of which Baidoa is the capital, and who leads the government forces that took over Baidoa with support from Ethiopian forces, vowed to continue the campaign against al-Shabaab.

"For the first time in three years, the residents of Baidoa have been freed from the grasp of the extremists after we took over control of the city," he said.

"We are now planning to pursue remnants of the al-Shabaab terrorist group who have fled the city before the arrival of our forces," Mohammed told Sabahi. "We will continue this military campaign against al-Shabaab and will first march towards the city of Burakaba and then towards the rest of the cities in the region. This campaign will continue until we liberate the region completely. We will hunt down the terrorists wherever they may be until they are obliterated."

Al-Shabaab, however, downplayed their loss of Baidoa.

"Our retreat from Baidoa was a tactical procedure to change the military strategy," al-Shabaab military spokesperson Abdul Azziz Abu Musaab said. "The fight against [Somali] government, Ethiopian and Kenyan forces will continue more fiercely than it has in the past."

"The jihadists retreated without fighting," Abu Musaab told al-Andalus Radio, which is run by al-Shabaab. "We are now in the surrounding areas of the city and promise to make the areas taken over, including Baidoa, a graveyard for occupying crusaders and their allied Somali militias."

Abu Musaab said that losing Baidoa does not mean that al-Shabaab has been militarily defeated.

Al-Shabaab fighters flee to Yemen

These military developments come at a time when the UN Security Council unanimously voted to increase the number of African Union troops in Somalia to more than 17,000. The increase aims to intensify military pressure against al-Shabaab and bolster support of the Somali government. It also gives the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) greater powers to carry out attacks against al-Shabaab.

The UN Security Council agreed to supply AMISOM with nine helicopters, including three attack helicopters. The Council also pledged logistical support for AMISOM forces to expand their mission outside Mogadishu. Previously, AMISOM's mandate was restricted to the capital.

AMISOM Commander Maj. Gen. Fred Mugisha told journalists in Mogadishu on Thursday that al-Shabaab is on its way to collapsing and that large numbers of its members, especially foreign elements, are fleeing to Yemen by sea.

Mugisha said the timeframe for defeating al-Shabaab depends on the international community's willingness to assist AMISOM and Somali government forces.

"If we get what we requested in terms of increasing the number of troops and supplying us with helicopters and other necessary equipment to carry out this mission, this means that defeating al-Shabaab might not take long," Mugisha said.

"We are witnessing an internal collapse [of al-Shabaab] and it is probable that the group will very soon collapse from within," he said.

Mugisha said around 300 al-Shabaab members have fled Somalia and are heading towards Yemen, which he called "a sign of defeat".

"I hope that Somalis understand that al-Shabaab, which urges children to turn themselves into [human] bombs, when the heat is on, they flee Somalia. I hope they get rid of this madness," he said.

Some say al-Shabaab threat not over

Nonetheless, some analysts warned that recent military defeats do not mean the group is completely finished.

"There is no doubt that al-Shabaab has been significantly weakened during the past period and that the group is in dire straits and is exponentially losing its military capability," Somali analyst Abubakar Ali told Sabahi. "However, this does not mean that the group has reached the point where it is fleeing the country."

Ali said the fighters could be going to Yemen to join al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

"I think that the group will continue its rebellion one way or another and the most likely scenario is that it will continue its terrorist attacks, its hit-and-run, as well as laying traps more than ever before," Ali said.

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Reader's Comments

  • SAM BISAULE
    September 27, 2012 @ 08:48:51AM

    I FULLY SUPPORT THE KDF N OTHER TROOPS BECOUSE THEY R THE ONLY MEDICENE FOR ALSHABAAB MILITIA GROUP.KEEP IT UP SOLDIERS

  • john andati
    April 16, 2012 @ 02:26:32AM

    they are a menace,they kill our brothers and sisters, they should be wiped out.

  • douglas mugambi
    April 14, 2012 @ 12:24:38PM

    I think this war against al shabab is ok. let all the world unite to help the people of somalia who for two decades have no seen peace. Kenya troops in somalia and Amisom i say bravooooooo. job welldone when we hear these elemnts are escaping to yemen.

  • NICOLE
    April 14, 2012 @ 02:07:51AM

    Kill alshabab from all fronts. Wipe them away from the face of the earth. Rid my motherland of the menace, restore peace, co-existence and prosperity in my motherland. Restore the islamic values. I PRONOUNCE DEATH TO THE TERRORISTS

  • ANTONY G. THUMI
    April 13, 2012 @ 08:47:45AM

    we are the neighbors of Somalia we don't expect overseas countries to come to their aid, it's our role to join and assist them to wipe out outlawed organizations in that country.I support KDF soldiers operation in Somalia and salute all those who lost their precious souls in their endeavor to liberate horn of Africa (AM A SOLDIER I WISH I CAN BE INVOLVED IN THIS OPERATION. SUCCESS COMRADES)

  • g.kimani
    April 12, 2012 @ 10:43:42AM

    Nobody has a right to impose their beliefs on others as alshabab does,they had pushed Kenya to the wall.Someone had to do what KDF is doing;go KDF go!

  • moses
    April 11, 2012 @ 10:16:17AM

    Alshabab are enemies of peace loving nation like Kenya they should be anihilated from the face of the world.

  • Khadan Mohamed ibrahim
    April 11, 2012 @ 04:25:36AM

    I beleive not to kill innocent people, but during the adminstration of Maxamatul islam every place was peace, there was no killing, kidnapping, drinking of Khamri. i think what is behind this war is from Westren counties. if there is no external hands interfering Somalia could be a peace place.

  • Tonito
    April 10, 2012 @ 07:08:20AM

    Good for us all the deadly group is dying, what is so much important is AMISON be given whatever it requires to finish this job. Solders in Kenya should not sleep on the job some al-shabab might be in the contry to strike.

  • melvin kimtai
    April 10, 2012 @ 03:52:01AM

    i like the killing of alshabab.good the kenyan defence force.i will be joining you soon.we shall keep praying for u.good work.i think the goverment should organise a thanks giving party whn you come back.luv u all.

  • mohamed
    April 9, 2012 @ 07:01:04PM

    i dont support alshabab and i dont know much about them, but i know they are fighting for their plotical interest like the USA or any other gruop or nation...... islam is a peacefull religion that doesnt encourage violence, so this disqualifies alshabab as a mujahidiin

  • richard ogutu
    April 9, 2012 @ 04:04:24AM

    Whether AL SHABAAB is wrong or right can only be answered by the poeple of Somali only. The presence of the poeple of somali in refugy camps explain how cruell this group has been to the poeple of somali. To add to that they are now crossing into other countries like Kenya killing and hyjacking innocent pple. Still you want us to believe they are right? The poeple of Somali have suffered alot since the departure of Said Barre in 1991 and therefore the whole world should unite to help Somali gain its independance.

  • EMIRGUNGHO
    April 7, 2012 @ 04:13:25AM

    Alshabaab Kills muslims,mutilates them,rapes muslim women,steals from fellow muslims,Murders...etc.How then can they lie to the world that they are fighting for Islam?.These are sons of anarchy!,they must be dealt with as so.For those still supporting these Infidels-(Shabbab),they must realize that it is game over!,it is just a matter of time and there wil be no more shabaab!

  • Wamunyai
    April 5, 2012 @ 03:38:33PM

    It is unfortunate that some innocent somalis have been hoodwinked to participate in suicide bombings instead of them waiting to see a free and liberated Somalia in the very near future. What a deceipt to fellow human beings

  • Winnie
    April 5, 2012 @ 10:20:23AM

    May we put all the soldiers in Gods hands.And lets leave GOD to do his judgement

  • Julius
    April 5, 2012 @ 08:57:23AM

    Alshabab - They should go we are tired of them

  • julie israel kenya
    April 4, 2012 @ 08:28:10AM

    grashes KDF for gud work

  • Coolins
    April 3, 2012 @ 10:16:45AM

    These people have to be dealt with accordingly! The life's that have been lost on under their watch are uncountable. Go KDF/ AMISON, don't spare even a single person who thinks has the mandate to kill in the name of God. Alshabaab is a USELESS/MEANINGLESS group which should be faced out!!

  • CLEMENT ODERA
    April 3, 2012 @ 09:56:50AM

    We need not to wish out the potential of the A-Shaabab going by the recent happenings and their professed association with the Al-qaeda. Security must be tightened and anything should not be left to chance even at mid-night or wee hours of the morning.

  • EZRA KIRUI
    April 3, 2012 @ 04:42:36AM

    KENYA IS A PEACEFUL COUNTRY WHERE WE CAN'T ALLOW FOREIGNERS TO DESTROY OUR DIGNITY BY KILLING INNOCENT AND BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE. I SUPPORT OUR GK 4 ENHANCING SECURITY ALONG BORDER. KENYA FORCES KEEP IT UP AND EXTENT YOUR ENERGY, ALL TA BEST

  • aluoch
    April 2, 2012 @ 05:50:04PM

    Al-Shabaab militias are upto nothing good for the Muslims and let them swear if in their insurgent they have not killed a muslim. Let them lay arms down this will provide them with a soft landing and they be heros of peace. Somalia has suffered enough and anyboy religious cannot just watch children of Allah sloughtered by soldiers of allahs.

  • douglas mutai
    April 2, 2012 @ 03:49:16PM

    there is nothing religious in whatever these devils are doing to fellow human beings.let somalis enjoy peace like other east africans.i salute all the soldiers doing humanity a favour in somali with their lives.my prayer is that somalis should go back and assist in rebuilding their tattered nation.to those that coat bloodshed in religious titles;its only the devil that is happy when human blood is spilt.alshabaab is an agent of the devil.

  • wanjohi
    April 2, 2012 @ 01:27:20PM

    good

  • Alan Kibe
    April 2, 2012 @ 02:00:30AM

    It is said they are fleeing to Yemen can the international community please start warching this move ,before they become something else .Otherwise kudos KDF Somali and Ethepian troops for doing your part.

  • odanga
    April 2, 2012 @ 01:57:43AM

    Al shabaab is a terror gang that endangers human existence and hence it should be done away with. Any element of Al shabaab should be dismantled completely.

  • SAM K
    April 1, 2012 @ 01:00:08PM

    It is very touching to watch our brothers and sisters being killed like animals,like the scenario happened in our owm country at machakos bus terminus.the so called AL-SHABAB,with conjuctions with other HOOLIGANS may be from eastleigh or from somali stealed lives of our innocent brothers who may be had prepared to go and meet there families either in up countrys ended up to a mistereous death.cong.our kenya army with other africa milis to wipe even the remunants of this dangerous creatures out of this planet completely.

  • Jonnie Tai Kiboi
    April 1, 2012 @ 10:13:50AM

    Al-shaabab must be delt with mercilessly.Infact root them out of Somalia and dump them in Indian Ocean.

  • Najib
    April 1, 2012 @ 09:01:22AM

    Al-shabaab are our brothers in Islam. They are there to defend the religion of Allah, others came to destroy it from the core. I would like to stress that, Al-shabaab will be there and the relifion of Allah will have the final victory no matter what, no matter how U.S, GB, all the Kaafirs and all the Munaafiqoons held hands together.

  • MAGONDU
    April 1, 2012 @ 06:21:46AM

    the ordinary SOMALI people love peace, AL-SHABAB is a group of misplaced youths who do not have even the support of the elders,what they do in the name of religion is simply madness..eg what does killing a group of medical students who are SOMALI AND MUSLIMS have to do with fulfiling the call of jihad.i pray and hope that this group can be bunished from the face of this earth as qickly posible.LONG LIVE SOMALIA

  • Abdulghani
    April 1, 2012 @ 01:40:23AM

    Everything has it's time, this is it, it's time for peace for our our brothers and sisters in Somalia, we pray it's going to be a lasting peace, Insha'Allah

  • mahamad
    March 31, 2012 @ 04:40:00PM

    everybody including the Somalis themselves are fade up with Al-Shabab's hard-line positions . They have banned aide agencies from the country when people were dying of starvation. They have killed journalists who were suppossed to be neutral in the conflict. they have carried out atrocities, torture and murder against pure civilians for merely supporting the Somali government or doing business with them. Al-Shabab has lost the hearts and minds of the very people who formed it's backbone, so its doomed to fail very soon.

  • Evans Metet
    March 31, 2012 @ 10:15:54AM

    We are proud that KDF and Amison are doing quite nice job and we will continue supporting them in prayers Thanks.

  • Mohamed
    March 31, 2012 @ 03:20:23AM

    It's unfortunate for people to blindly and ignorantly use words that are grafted by blasphemous western cultures to demonize and wage war on Islam and Muslims.The youth Movement are Muslims and they can go wrong, It's wise for Muslims to support a mistaken brother Muslim than fight by the side of an infidel propagating Zionist ideas with the ultimate goal to eradicate Islam and Muslims, but sure they can't.Like it or not like it, this is a global war and it will go on until the whole world is concurred by Islam and Muslims.

  • Parkire Evans
    March 30, 2012 @ 04:13:58PM

    They say if u can't be a pencil to write someones happiness then be a good rubber to erase his/her sorrow.The KDF are a rubber to somali pple,bravo bravo bravo.

  • mathew kamuri
    March 30, 2012 @ 03:23:17PM

    we would like to hear of a peaceful somali.let the enemy be defeated in the name of the Lord amen. we kenyans have paid enough price in this battle, Bravo kenyan troops you have already done the job, we are pround of you.keep the spirit up,we pray for you day and nite.God bless all;

  • Rotich Kipyego Mastio'ny
    March 30, 2012 @ 10:57:17AM

    The sign of defeat from alshabaab is a sign of good work from the AMISOM and KDF and we are saying Bravo to them.may God bless the work of their hands.

  • Anthony
    March 30, 2012 @ 10:10:52AM

    Am proud of KDF they have done as proud, al never take them for granted, this is a giant that has been observing what has been going on al along and knew when to strike and show the mighty US and Britain how things should be done.

  • Caroline
    March 30, 2012 @ 07:02:50AM

    where there is hope there is a way, somali people have suppered for long. God will open a New Dawn for them. Al- Shabab are like MUGIKI in kenya.

  • KEVIN MOMBASA
    March 30, 2012 @ 04:38:24AM

    THE WAR AGAINST ALSHABAB IS NOT A WAR INVOLVING RELIGION FOR US CHRISTIANS AS IT IS FOR ALSHABAB BUT HELPING HAND TO SOMALIS AGAINST THESE BUSINESSMEN AND THEIR WICKED ARAB PUPPET MASTERS WHO USE RELIGION TO ROB THE MAJORITY OF THEIR RIGHTS TO GOOD SCHOOLS HOSPITALS AND LIVELYHOODS ,WE KENYANS WISH ALL THE SOMALIS CAN COME BACK AND ENJOY THEIR COUNTRY AT PEACE TO HELP BUILD SCHOOLS HOSPITALS AND REGAIN THE LOST SOMALI TRADITIONS AND CULTURE OF LOVE HOSPITALITY AND FRIENDSHIP

  • wangui njeri
    March 29, 2012 @ 01:10:37PM

    I am optimistic that by the end of it all, Kenyan army and the UN forces will be able to restore sanity in Somalia. It is a good job that the forces are doing because I do not understand why so many people should suffer due to the interest of a few people. As a criminologist I support the fight against the Al Shabaab. Respect for humanity and observance of the rule of law is the greatest consideration globally, Somalia should be assisted in realizing this dream.

  • Dun
    March 29, 2012 @ 08:00:51AM

    Nothing lasts for ever this thing is in the verge of extincton,bravo to KDF,AMISON,Transition Govt

  • Nzamba
    March 29, 2012 @ 07:37:01AM

    wipe them up they have no right to live

  • Henry N. Onsando
    March 28, 2012 @ 07:09:17AM

    Bravo the peace loving brothers and sisters of Somalia for your co-operation with the international community.The ragtag army deserves no mercy. We are ready to adopt a "scorched earth policy", from our end, to rout out their sympathizers from amongst us. Never will they be able to regroup and threaten our peace.

  • Mohammed
    March 28, 2012 @ 02:35:39AM

    Al-Shabaab is a group composed of Muslim youth who want to rule the country using the Islamic Sheria (Law) according to what they claim. Don't rush to them.

  • DOMINIC ROTICH
    March 27, 2012 @ 09:52:48AM

    I join the least of those who support the KDF in the quest to wipe out the al shabab as they are a menace on the face of the earth. these are the evil element who use Islam to destroy humanity.we need peace in Somalia as soon as possible.

  • Ezekiel Luley
    March 26, 2012 @ 11:26:58PM

    indeed the Amisom needs support to eradicate the gang to allow somali people be in peace and form a formidable government.

  • Eduh K.
    March 26, 2012 @ 11:04:06AM

    It took too long to ever see the light at the other end of the tunnel, but sure enough, this is not a fake ray! The terrorists are yielding to pressure from the legitimate forces. It's very unwise to post Shabaab-sympathetic comments here coz you'll obviously have to hide your face under the ground before year-end: then Shabaab will be rotting in the graves of history.

  • Mhina Mpeho
    March 26, 2012 @ 07:15:26AM

    Al Shabab, your ALLAH does not accept the way your doing, nature will tell you very soon declear wipons to authority in order of peace keeping

  • Timo
    March 26, 2012 @ 06:29:07AM

    This is the time Somalia to get lasting peace to develop their nation.Keep it up Somalia forces and KDF.

  • amisi
    March 26, 2012 @ 02:45:27AM

    as we celebrate this victory that is coming soon, the KENYA GOVT should consider MACHAKOS COUNTRY BUS BOMBING. why fight al shabaab in somalia without routing them from Eastleigh in Kenya for I believe those in eastleigh recruit and train al-shabaab in kenya then send them to somalia. I also believe that its not only al-shabaab in somalia, but whatever is taking place in kenyan politics is a form of al-shabaab. KENYAN politicians style up and remember justice for the poor and IDPS before our LORD GOD punishes you for all you are doing to HIS people. Kenyans; be human enough and know that we are ALL EQUAL before OUR MAKER who is just and fair.

  • Mukuru
    March 22, 2012 @ 10:30:17AM

    may they be anihilated from the face of the earth

  • Elmi
    March 20, 2012 @ 06:21:37AM

    Al-Shabab, more than any other force, is the greatest enemy of the Somali people. At the bidding of their Arab masters they are destroying the Somali culture. Imagine a Somali calling himself Abu Saida. Shame on you. Al Shabab have denuded the forest in Somalia to feed the appetites Arab countries of the Gulf have for the Somali charcoal. One day Al Shabab will be made to answer to the Somali people not only for causing deaths and tempering with the Somali culture but also for destroying the Somali environment. I wish to thank Kenyans, Burundians, Ugandans and Ethiopian as well as Somali forces for teaching Al Shabab a lesson they will never forget. Long live African brotherhood

  • moses kaituko
    March 20, 2012 @ 03:53:01AM

    thumbs up to KDF n other allied forces fighting along them,am proud of you guys,keep up and never say die till the end,GOOD LUCK GUYS.

  • FREDRICK WANYONYI
    March 20, 2012 @ 12:57:03AM

    alshabaab should be smoked out of somalia once and for all,imagine they have caused a lot of damages to the lifes of our brothers and sisters of somalia,some alshababs are now fleeing to yemen the people of yemen who love peace should identify them and hand them to relevant authorities before late as they can easily land yemen into trouble again .

  • Denis Kimani
    March 19, 2012 @ 06:59:07PM

    @iddy abu wao I'm a christian and I can tell you that no part of adolf hitler was Christian. He was an atheist who had nothing to do with christianity. He tried to eliminate all jews who actually laid down the foundation in which Christianity was founded. Therefore your comment is missleading. There are possesed individuals who kill innocent people in the name of God or in the name of Allah but we shouldn't take a blanket judgement against every Christian or Muslim. We Christians believe in peace and respect other religions and we regards our Muslim brothers as our friends. "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God." Mathew 5:9

  • Ombeni Mhina
    March 19, 2012 @ 08:58:01AM

    Al Shabaab have become a thorn to peacekeepers worldwide, Kenyan forces have already begun a liberation mission for ultimately the whole world, let the American World Police, give her blessings so that the job gets done quickly before the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

  • Ombeni Mhina
    March 19, 2012 @ 08:41:38AM

    Al Shabab is humanity please no one religion talk about bad thing to others back to your ALLAH, think about others

  • Dancan oloo
    March 19, 2012 @ 06:39:02AM

    i fully suport kenyan troops for their well job and say why dont they do away with kismayu and turn it to ashes.

  • francis
    March 18, 2012 @ 08:16:10AM

    The AL-SHABAB menance would have been wiped out long time ago had the Kenyan forces joined Ethiopian in their first attack.

  • Abdulkadir
    March 17, 2012 @ 06:13:12PM

    The youth movement is suffering from great problems concerning its image that has fallen in the eyes of the Somali people due to the assassinations they carry out and the attacks that are carried out against the civilians and other illegitimate goals. The youth movement has bombed a graduation party for the Medicine college students, which led to a great fall for the image of the movement in the people eyes. After the passage of two years on the horrible accident, the movement adopted the most horrible and the worst suicide bombing in the Somali history where a large number of students were waiting for obtaining external grants. This attack was horrible and raised a state of popular anger against the youth movement and it destroyed what remained of its image in a way that cannot be reformed.

  • Denis Kimani
    March 17, 2012 @ 08:16:38AM

    @iddy abu wao I'm a christian and I can tell you that no part of adolf hitler was Christian. He was an atheist who had nothing to do with christianity. He tried to eliminate all jews who actually laid down the foundation in which Jesus Christ was born and raised to minister the gospel to the world - Your comment is a fallacy. There are possesed individuals who kill innocent civillians in the name of God or in the name of Allah but we shouldn't take a blanket judgement against every Christian or Muslim. We Christians believe in peace and respect other religions and we regards our Muslim friends as our brothers. "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God." Mathew 5:9

  • Ondiwa Mahmoud
    March 17, 2012 @ 06:11:03AM

    Al shabab is like the no.666 or no. 999 which is easily equated to shetani. Let them be defeated and wiped out of the world, so that we can live in peace as is in heaven.

  • shegow
    March 16, 2012 @ 09:57:50PM

    the religious state is the final gol of all the armed religious groups everywhere through suicide operations with the purpose to shake the stability and spreading terror and weakening the state control and finally its fall…. All those groups which take enforcing the Sharia a slogan so as to reach the rule or raise the armed (resistance) slogan as a way to control and influence and tyranny, but at the end they represent the projects and if they are to succeed, the Islamic world would turn into small states as Al Andalus state at the end of its rule.

  • joseph
    March 16, 2012 @ 09:39:26AM

    this is good news. i like it.

  • Joash Hongo
    March 16, 2012 @ 04:25:32AM

    There should no heaven for Al-Shaabab in Africa as a whole.

  • kahuni
    March 16, 2012 @ 04:08:34AM

    it will be a great achievement for the three countries' troups to defeeat the al-shabaab, this woud require the islamic community in africa to renounce the use of their religion as a basis of enticing them to join the terror groups like al-shabaab this could be done by changing their wayof defending God, it si hihg time that africa became civilised and ran awy from colonisation by war.

  • David Githenya
    March 16, 2012 @ 03:20:09AM

    alshabab are under kenya's foot. they are hopeless and weakened. we pray fo you guys in somalia.

  • Sam Bisaule
    March 15, 2012 @ 08:44:41AM

    Full SUPPORT 2 the Military operation against THE JIHADISTS Alshabaab who want to interfere with every country's peace,''Eliminate Alshabaab and save asomalia''

  • Major John
    March 15, 2012 @ 05:33:35AM

    Am sick and pissed by the nature these brotherhoods operate, did GOD command that religious people should kill fellow humans in the name of religion?

  • Timoo
    March 15, 2012 @ 04:14:24AM

    Its common sense to see in positive way what happening in Somalia after over 20 years of rot and decay. Generations have lost their lives, future, kins, welbeing and any human decency. Let our muslim brothers know its not about faith! Its not about religion its about a country that once stood proud but has broken apart by unneccessary infighting fueled by greedy warlords under the aegis of religious jihad to get sympathy from the inocent masses. KDF and Unisom Forces Bravo to your Continued Assult on Al-Sabaab till u pacify this once great country and restore it back to its citizenly so that they can develop it for their children and their childrens' children posterity!

  • maxamuud maxamed muuse
    March 15, 2012 @ 03:47:10AM

    I think it is right to eradicate Al-Shabaab from Somalia.

  • Kubasu Gabriel
    March 15, 2012 @ 03:39:31AM

    Good, We wont achieve the development targets set if our neighbours Al-Shabab in Somali are still a threat to it, Kenyan soldiers are doing a commendable job and we should all give the support they require. Eastern Africa, we have a lot of challenges that are dragging us behind, we should add any other problem to what we have.

  • FRANCIS MAINA KURIA
    March 15, 2012 @ 02:20:32AM

    how save is the commander in chief of the armed forces in kenya? how save is our leaders?how save are we in general?MACHAKOS COUNTRY BUS BOMBING[terrorism or violence] -may we believe the Al-shabab group that they are not involved? -is it a mushrooming of a more serious organized terror group? -is it home grown or supported by a certain more serious foreign terror group like the BOKO HARAM? -what is the relationship of the main suspects with islam and their tribal affilliation -is it probably connected with the forthcoming General Election? -do they benefit from a political funding? -lets help the police by trimming those lethal activities on the bud we can do it through the social media!count on me IAM READY TO BE AN UNDERCOVER INTELIGENT ARGENT IN AND OUT OF THE COUNTRY[on a fee of course]

  • JACKY
    March 14, 2012 @ 11:02:58AM

    IF ALLAH IS A MUDERER THEN WHY DID HE CREATE THE MUSLIMS. I BELIEVE THE LORD OF ISRAEL WHO SENT US HIS OWN SON IS JESUS WILL PUT TO JUDGMENT ALL THIS ALSHABABS ACTS BUT KNOW THAT THE SON OF MAN IS NEAR BE ALERT!!!!!!!!!!

  • galexis
    March 14, 2012 @ 09:21:27AM

    Kudos to those fighting Al-Shabab The group has killed thousands of innocent people which I believe is not the foundation of islamic teachings. Once and for all, this terror organisation which associates itself with al-qaeda needs to be crushed.....kudos TFG, kudos KDF and kudos Ethipoian Military.........kudos AMISON

  • gatune
    March 14, 2012 @ 05:35:00AM

    they should be eliminated completely bravo somalia troops and your allies . peace in somalia is not only important to them but the whole world and especially the neighbouring countries .

  • Jacob.
    March 13, 2012 @ 10:00:07AM

    Kenyan forces in conjuctions with Ethiopian and Ugandan have made us great.As they continue with the elimination of the terrorist in Africa,let us embrace peace and unity in Africa and lets not agreee to be colonized again.Al-Shabaab have colonized Somalia for along time.People living with fear of being killed and with all sot of inhuman activities.Our brothers from the other side of faith should join to ensure that their is a total peace in our neighbouring country.

  • geoffrey
    March 13, 2012 @ 05:53:03AM

    peace does not come on a silver platter . one has to fight for it. Congratulations KDF.

  • j.ariek
    March 13, 2012 @ 03:52:04AM

    let us pray for the families that have lost their relatives at war and compensation to be done immediately

  • حسين الذهبي
    March 12, 2012 @ 11:41:29PM

    The recent weakening of dissident Al-Shabab movement indicates that African troops have been successful in dealing with terrorists and that the troops are in hunt for them day-in and day-out. The African troops have eliminated many of these terrorists and have defeated terrorist individuals and evil groups that have been responsible for the sabotage, destruction of properties, bombings, assassinations, kidnappings, robberies and the breaking down of relations between Somalis. Thus, thanks to them, gutless terrorists who killed and displaced many people have been eliminated. We hope that the situation remains safe, stable and free of any acts of violence, crime, sabotage or damage, God willing, and that pressure is continuously put on the remaining individuals and members of dissident Al-Shabab movement in order to eliminate their threat completely.

  • bamtush
    March 12, 2012 @ 12:31:16PM

    kill them kill them they dont deserve anything from death. al shabaab are a disgrace to africa.

  • SELESTINE KATO
    March 12, 2012 @ 08:22:28AM

    Bravo for the move but peace is originated from our Lord JESUS CHRIST

  • wesley kiboigot
    March 12, 2012 @ 03:45:45AM

    a peace in somali a joy to people of somali. a peaceful republic of somali is welcome by all world. can all the figthing be stopped and the little somali child grow peacefully. al-shabaab down your arms,give peace a chance and foreign troops pullout. just but a prayer.

  • Nasori
    March 12, 2012 @ 03:22:35AM

    As the whole world is familiar with the condition with which Somalia is suffering for many years. Firstly the poverty and the unemployment and secondly the militants of Al Shabaab, these two are the main reasons with which the entire Somalia state is suffering. The Al Shabaab is the terror unit of Al Qaeda based in the Somali region just to spread their terror activities. The main ideology of Al Shabaab is to offer jihad against the enemies of Islam and to keep them out of the Muslim countries.

  • HAAJI ALI
    March 11, 2012 @ 03:56:43AM

    YOU GUYS; YOU HAVE KNOW THAT; THE FINAL WINNERS WILL BE AL SHABAAB WHO ARE FIGHNTING THE GREATEST WORD OF ALLAH TO BE THE HIGHEST, ALLAH PROMISED THAT SUCCESS; SO DO NOT LAUGH AT THIS TIME, TIME WILL COME SOON . ISLAM WILL BE THE WINNER AND GOVERNS IN THIS WORLD INSHA ALAAH

  • SAGERO OGUTA ZEDEKIAH
    March 10, 2012 @ 12:08:13PM

    Bravo my brothers in Somalia youn have made us feel secured from threats.

  • kabai geoffrey
    March 10, 2012 @ 04:49:29AM

    kudos KDF.

  • ALI MOHAMMAD
    March 10, 2012 @ 02:45:21AM

    Al shabab is fighting JIHAD,Kenya and the other countries have other interests in somalia but not peace, during the time of islamic courts rule somalia was peaceful but the western powers, Kenya and Ethiopia opposed the regime coz their did not want ISLAM to rule in somalia, but i say their a fighting a losing battle, ISLAM will rule again like it or not.

  • Francis K
    March 10, 2012 @ 01:45:26AM

    Stability of Somalia is quite the development of the Horn of Africa and even for the world peace.We should support KDF and AMISON forces in all ways. Congratulations our forces! Congratulations our African Governments! Congratulation UN council.

  • NTABO
    March 9, 2012 @ 03:12:09PM

    this is the time to liberate the somali land from the devil.i really support KDF AND amisom troops in general for the job well done.

  • abuorgn
    March 9, 2012 @ 01:25:10AM

    The international community is taking rather too long to actualize it's plans. The alshabab should have been eradicated as soon as they started to indicate that they were a threat.Otherwise kudos to the Kenyan troops.

  • jumba hudson
    March 8, 2012 @ 03:29:03AM

    congragulatio our brothers who are doing their best to grt the al-shabbab group in somalia wiped out.Thanks for your patrotism.may the almighty give you more power to conquer the al-shabaab and may he shower you with his wonderous blessings

  • gabbhs
    March 7, 2012 @ 03:16:44AM

    Al shabaab are just but sheep without shephard.they could make good strong and dedicated army to defend their ailing poor country instead of fighting fools war in the name of "allah

  • Sinyomah Luwawilo
    March 6, 2012 @ 08:56:33AM

    I think this article is good to all people loving prosperity and development! The guys of their kinds aren't aren't NEEDED at all,thanks to all who keep their efforts to anable Al-shabaab wiped away completely in Somalia for benefit of the rest of Africa and World at large!!! May God Bless Africa!

  • Leonard G Maina
    March 5, 2012 @ 08:50:15AM

    Christians, Jews, Moslems and all believers who hold human life in sanctity should join hands and destroy all those who invoke the name of God while committing demonic crimes against innocent helpless fellow humans.True upholders of the Islamic faith should debunk the Al-Shabaab militant terrorists as jihadists.The God of Abraham, Isack and Jacob is not a coward. He needs no mortal human being to go to war on His behalf. It is sheer absurdity for any human being to behold the concept that he can wage war in the name of God.Triumph against the rabid fighters is imminent.It is just a matter of time.

  • JOSEPH
    March 5, 2012 @ 08:38:17AM

    alshabab are losing most of its senior commanders, but we should be very alert as they may decide to revenge and cause alot of damage. congra to our military they are doing a wonderful job.

  • fadd
    March 4, 2012 @ 10:11:02AM

    It's no lie that this article was too much for me. Kenyans should get themselves in proper order to fully control those al-shabaab who have no pity on people’s souls.

  • langat josphat5
    March 2, 2012 @ 04:32:25AM

    the islamic terrorists are in for a rude shock..I LOVE IT WHEN I HEAR THAT AMERICAN DRONES IS CRIPPLING THEM. drones have killed many algaeda leadership than any other method...so keep on bashing them. gudos also to our kenyan, ethiopian and ugandan soldiers fighting the terrorists.

  • Yusuf Abdihakim
    March 2, 2012 @ 03:50:54AM

    The peace keeping troops in the African Union Mission in Somalia have displayed great dedication and determination in crushing the Al Shabaab and this is a very difficult task. The Security Council recently ratified an increase in the number of troops of the African Union mission so that they can be able to effectively repel the increasing attacks by the Al Shabaab. While there are concerns that the African Union is not taking this task seriously though the power is in their hands, it should be appreciated that the number of peaceful areas in Mogadishu have increased. This means that the decision to increase troops is not really necessary. In addition, Al Shabaab’s denial that they have lost more territory to AMISOM troops also discredits the AU’s claims of success. The AU needs to do a lot of things including organizing and increasing their troops in order to effectively defeat the Al Shabaab. It is important to employ new strategies that are sophisticated in order to overwhelm this groups which controls large part of Somalia.

  • jomo
    March 1, 2012 @ 02:21:52AM

    saudi will have to stop funding this wahabis

  • Stanley
    March 1, 2012 @ 02:20:56AM

    Some Key Elements that want to take advantage of the poor are using religion as their excuse for robbing Somalia off it's Rich Resources. I do not believe Islam Supports Violence and Killings. Go Somalis, Go Kenyans, Go Ethiopians and Let us Purge this Mockery of Faith From Our neighbors. Somalia Shall be Free of Al-Shabab!!!!

  • abjad huwaz
    February 29, 2012 @ 02:39:22PM

    just ordinary news, i see nothing extra-ordinary

  • Jumba
    February 29, 2012 @ 01:50:09PM

    is informative,please continue bringing us the news. Al - shabaab should have been bombarded yesterday for they are lunatics without a course. what are they fighting for? to whose benefit are they fighting? African Union should start being aggressive and in a situation like Somalia, they should deploy troops not only for peace keeping but peace enhancement. Hail our soldiers from Kenya, Ethiopia and other countries who are in Somalia.ensure no member of the alshabab lunatics escapes.

  • OMI
    February 29, 2012 @ 10:01:38AM

    Human right watch should focuse on Al Shabaab group

  • benson kiprotich
    February 29, 2012 @ 09:12:02AM

    am for the idea for the Kenyans soldiers to Somalia free of militants and let be peace. so its my prayer for Kenyans troops to defeat the al-shabaab

  • Hassan yusuf
    February 29, 2012 @ 09:00:30AM

    The forces on the ground are doing recommendable work and should put more strength to eliminate this group which is inhumane even to those who share a common faith-to their fellow muslims.ALAH is NOT a murderer but of peace.May the LORD GOD of Agraham,Issac an Jacob judge Al-shabaab right.May He Give you to the hands of your enemies and bring you to an everlasting fall for the cry of the innocent has come to His ears.to the FORCES fighting against Al-shabaab say "THE LORD GOD OF ISRAEL IS OUR BURNNER" AMEN.I converted to christianity after realising the inhumanity that i would be forced to was not the will of God and now am free.

  • franc
    February 29, 2012 @ 07:29:31AM

    alshabab still remain agreat threat to the region's peace and stabilty and should be completely dealt with

  • iddy abu wao
    February 29, 2012 @ 07:27:41AM

    I DO NO BELIEVE ON WHAT YOU PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT AL-SHABAAB THAT THERE IS ISLAMIC IN IT, BECAUSE "LORE NKUNDA"THE REBEL IN DRC WASN'T AN ISLAMIST REBEL, HITLER THE GERMANY SAME APPLIED TO HIM IF YOU AGREE TO CALL THIS TWO CHRISTIAN TEROR THEN GET THAT ALSO WE HAVE TERORIST IN CRISTIANITY BUT FOR ME I DISAGREE WITH THE RESULTS. .

  • Felix Ngotho
    February 29, 2012 @ 07:13:31AM

    Good job by KDF,congrats en Kep up with the loyalty to Kenya.W pray 4 u our people

  • Titus Iguria
    February 29, 2012 @ 06:16:19AM

    This sounds very balanceed and positive news to the entire region and to somali in particular. Al-shabaab or AL-whatever must be defeated and their military sponsors should know that this region is not a dumping ground for malfeceants and social miscreants such as al-qaeda. Long live Africa!!

  • King Mike
    February 29, 2012 @ 05:23:09AM

    I like the article. It has given a candid insight of the war on terror gang (Alshabaab) and i strongly feel that it's just a matter of time before they fizzle out. let there be peace in the Horn of Africa.

  • fredrick
    February 29, 2012 @ 04:37:41AM

    al-shabaab is hopeless

  • alex muhanji
    February 29, 2012 @ 04:15:56AM

    i too will be ther to put them down no matter what happen i wll save my mother land from them.i promise i will.

  • kirui Bernard
    February 29, 2012 @ 02:54:15AM

    i fully surpport the kenyans troops in somalia becouse the whole world wants to free somali and free from terrorist to move forward like any other african nation

  • obinge
    February 29, 2012 @ 12:02:54AM

    alshabab is a menace that should be wiped out from the earth's surface.

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