A Crucial Step Towards Eliminating al-Shabaab’s Terrorism in Somalia


Under the leadership of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, the Somali National Army, in collaboration with community forces known as “Macawisley,” has achieved significant successes in the fight against al-Shabaab. Since June, 2022, President Hassan’s unwavering commitment has been evident as he has been at the frontline, personally leading the war.

Their joint efforts have resulted in the liberation of nearly 1000 kilometers of towns and villages in the HirShabelle and GalMudug regions. This remarkable progress underscores the determination and resilience of the Somali people in the face of adversity.

The weakened state of al-Shabaab today is a testament to the effectiveness of these collaborative efforts. As they continue to lose territory and influence, Somalia is on a path to defeating and ultimately eliminating al-Shabaab from all corners of the nation.

President Hassan’s leadership, combined with the bravery and dedication of the Somali National Army and community forces, represents a beacon of hope for Somalia and the region as a whole. It is a testament to what can be achieved when a nation unites against a common threat, and it paves the way for a more secure and stable Somalia, free from the scourge of terrorism.

In a world marked by increasing threats of terrorism and extremism, the menace of al-Shabaab stands out as a stark reminder of the need for regional cooperation and collective action. As the terrorist organization’s ideology continues to spread through various media outlets, East African nations, in particular, must unite to eliminate this threat to regional security and global peace.

Somalia, a nation plagued by decades of conflict and instability, has become the epicenter of al-Shabaab’s activities. This extremist group, known for its brutal tactics and affiliations with global terrorist networks, poses a significant threat not only to the Horn of Africa but to the entire world. Its propaganda machine, fueled by modern media channels, has successfully attracted recruits and supporters far beyond Somalia’s borders.

To effectively counter this menace, East African nations must recognize that the threat of al-Shabaab is not confined to Somalia alone. Its reach extends into neighboring countries, where it recruits and conducts operations. Kenya, for instance, has witnessed several devastating attacks by al-Shabaab, including the horrific Westgate Mall siege in 2013. The group’s influence is not limited to Kenya, as it actively seeks to radicalize individuals across the region.

One of the most powerful tools in al-Shabaab’s arsenal is its ability to exploit the digital realm. The group utilizes social media, propaganda videos, and online forums to disseminate its extremist message. This not only aids in recruitment but also serves to inspire lone-wolf attacks worldwide. In an age where information travels at the speed of light, the importance of countering extremist narratives online cannot be overstated.

The solution to this crisis lies in unity among East African nations. To effectively combat al-Shabaab’s terrorism and its media campaign, regional cooperation is essential.

By uniting against al-Shabaab’s terrorism and its dangerous ideology, East African nations can not only enhance security in the region but also contribute to global efforts to combat extremism. The world is watching, and the time for action is now. The threat posed by al-Shabaab knows no borders, and neither should our collective resolve to eliminate it.

Ismail D. Osman
Ismail D. Osman
Ismail D. Osman: Former Deputy Director of Somalia National Intelligence & Security Agency (NISA) – Writes in Somalia, Horn of Africa Security and Geopolitical focusing on governance and security. You can reach him osmando[at]gmail.com @osmando


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