Tue. Sep 19th, 2023

Somalia has been in a state of turmoil for decades, largely due to the presence of the al-Shabaab extremist movement. As the group continues to wreak havoc on the country, the Somali government is making strides in their fight against the militants. President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has declared a military offensive against the extremists and has announced that soldiers from Eritrea will be returning to Mogadishu in late December to further bolster their forces. In addition to the military offensive, Somalia has recently blocked more than 600 of al-Shabaab’s online accounts across various social media platforms. This will help to reduce the spread of extremist ideology and propaganda, and will also make it more difficult for the group to recruit new members. Furthermore, al-Shabaab militants have been surrendering to the Somali National Forces in droves. Those who have abandoned the group’s ideology will be provided with food, shelter and medical care. This is an important step in Somalia’s attempt to combat terrorism and build a safe and secure government. The fight against al-Shabaab is a long and difficult one, but Somalia is showing a commitment to defeating the extremist group and restoring peace and stability to their country. The military offensive, online account blocking, and surrendering of militants are all important steps in the right direction, and will hopefully lead to the eventual defeat of al-Shabaab. With continued effort and dedication, Somalia can eventually realize its goal of a safe and secure future.

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