War in Somalia: Al-Shabaab is changing tactics

MOGADISHU, Somalia – After facing a series of defeats, Al-Shabaab changed its tactics of war in central Somalia, where the group is engaged in fierce fighting with the country’s army backed by pro-government militia.

The militant group reverted to an old strategy, in which it orders the residents to leave the towns under its control before the government forces moved in. This happened in the Wabho area in the Galgadud region.

The security analysts who spoke to KON believe that the new tactic proves that Al-Shabaab is facing the biggest defeat in its 15-year battle against Somali troops and their allied African Union forces.

Al-Shabaab is defending El-Bur, a strategic town in the Galgadud region from the allied forces who are advancing on the group’s main stronghold in central Somalia as the military offensive gains momentum.

Somali president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said on Tuesday during his address at the opening of the second session of the parliament that the government will continue the war and there will be no retreat.


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