The former president of Hirshabelle State Mohamed Abdi Waare said on Sunday there were people in and outside the government undermining the fight against Al-Shabaab after recent military setbacks in the operations to capture key militant strongholds.
“After the withdrawal of the SNA from Wabxo & the deterioration of clan fighting in Adale, it is clear dark forces in and outside government are jeopardizing the fight against the Khawaarij (Al-Shabaab),” he tweeted. “Sad thing, it is an open secret. It is the time to confront this group & stop them.”
Somali troops have recently pulled out from towns and villages they captured during weeks of operations against Al-Shabaab. The withdrawal came after insurgents overran a number of army bases, killing soldiers and seizing military vehicles and weapons.