Ahlu Sunna Wal Jamaa is a local militia loyal to the government and has made strategic gains in fighting and defeating Al-Shabaab terrorist group in Somalia. In April 2011, the then pro-government militia drove Al Shabaab from Garabaharev in Gedo Somalia. Al Shabaab militants had held the region under their control since 2009.
Mid-September 2015, Ahlu Sunna Wajameeca (ASWJ) militia men were driven out of Galmudug State in Central Somalia after two days of intense battle between forces of Interim Galmudug Administration and the militia group.
The once pro-government militia is now anti-government especially to the Galmudug State administration. Their advances pose a challenge towards the local administration that is also supposed to be attentive against Al Shabaab threats.
Ahlu Sunna Waljama’a is currently under leadership of a former war lord Abdi Nuure Siyaad who was named mid-September 2015 as the militant group’s new commander.