Recent credible OSINT reports indicate that Somali based Islamic militants are advancing in several towns in Somalia as the militants increase threats to the civilians. Militants are also attacking military bases and institutions affiliated to the United Nations.
Leaders of the terror group Harakat Al Shabaab Al Mujahideen are taking advantage of the ongoing Ramadan celebrations to sneak into mosques and issue terror threats to anybody who dares support the government.
Local officials and residents have confirmed to OSINT sources that the al-Shabaab militants are now in control of at least three districts in the region – Awdheegle, Tora-toro and Mubarak which are all less than 150-KM southwest of Mogadishu.
Summary of recent incidences
- Al Shabaab leaders sneak into mosques and threaten civilians
- Al Shabaab militants take control of at least three districts in Somalia: Awdheegle, Tora-toro and Mubarak which are less than 150-KM southwest of Mogadishu.
- AMISOM experiences setbacks in Operation Indian Ocean, a campaign to neutralize Al-Shabaab forces.
Implications of the incidences
The latest successes of al-Shabaab comes as the second phase of the Operation Indian Ocean, a campaign to neutralize Al-Shabaab forces has been postponed due to the lack of sufficient resources and funding.
Failure of operation Indian Ocean also implies a failed mission to capture the remaining ports controlled by the al-Qaeda-linked militant group.
With resources from the ports, Al Shabaab remains to be a deadly group in the whole of East African region.