Published On: Wed, Oct 26th, 2016

Ahlu Sunna says readied anti-al Shabaab offensive

Somali militants from the pro-government Ahlu Sunna Waljamaca (ASWJ) group perform a religious hymn during a military exercise in the Bermuda neighborhood in southern Mogadishu, May 15, 2010. Somalia’s government on March 15 agreed to bring the moderate Sufi militia group on board to fight against Islamist rebels threatening to topple the administration. REUTERS/Feisal Omar (SOMALIA – Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST RELIGION)

Ahlu Sunna Waljama’a (ASWJ) said it will launch a new offensive against the Al Qaeda-linked Al Shabaab militants battling the Somali and African Union troops in the country.

The announcement was made by Sheikh Isack Hussein Mursal, the defense secretary of ASWJ and he said they readied fresh forces in Jubbaland territory to execute the planned anti-al shabaab offensive.

ASWJ, is a central Somalia-based paramilitary group consisting of moderate Sufis fighting Al shabaab. The group is now controlling swathes of ground, including Dhusamareb town, Galmudug state capital.

Mursal said the awaiting offensive is aimed to push out Al shabaab from the whole country after the federal government and AMISOM have failed to defeat the militants in a decade-long combat.

On the other hand, the Ahlu Sunna Waljama’a (ASWJ) official said it doesn’t recognize the Kenya-backed interim Jubbaland administration based in southern port city of Kismayo that is led by Ahmed Madobe.

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