Residents in al Shabaab strongholds are gradually mobilizing to resist the rules and exploitation from the terror organization and even driving the militants from camps. Residents in parts of Somalia have picked up arms to confront Al Shabaab in parts of the country.
According to intelligence reports, there are military engagements by residents in parts of the country with Al-Shabaab. It is evidenced by a self-organized local infuriated with Al-Shabaab continuous extortion killing four militants including a senior leader who was in-charge of Zakawat in Wanlaweyn town of Somalia last week.
Elements within the Security apparatus in Somalia have been pushing to offer assistance to local residents have organized themselves to fight against the oppression and extortion by the terror organization.
The Rebellion against al Shabaab by residents comes as a report maintains that US airstrikes have been killing civilians. The disgruntlement by the residents is a clear indication that they are fed up with being collateral damage in the war against the jihadist.
The boldness of the residents against al Shabaab is a clear indicator that al Shabaab has lost its hold on the community, is weak and can be easily defeated. The rebellion is an indicator of growing pressure on the al Qaida affiliated terror group in East Africa.