The Shabaab group of militants, which is tied to al Qaeda, have reportedly seen a major setback. According to Somali officials, the militants were routed in a joint Somali-Ethiopian-AU offensive. This comes as one of the group’s commanders, an American, was killed.
The President of Somalia has gone so far as to claim that Shabaab has been defeated. That is not yet clear. However, any setback for the group that has attacked targets both in Somalia and Uganda, is a positive step.
However, the victories won may be strategic retreat:
Somali Transitional Federal Government have seized Luq district with out bloodshed this morning after Shabab’s forces quit that district as it was the second area in that region where warring groups were expected to get fight, reports said.
It’s not known the reason why Shabab’s fighters left those districts, but source close those to the Islamism groups indicate that they had withdrawn for military purposes.
Stay tuned. This could affect terrorism for the next decade.