Mogadishu (Caasimada Online) – Somali government forces, aided by local armed civilians, have captured the city of Masagaway in Galgadud region in central Somalia, officials confirmed.
The capture marks a significant victory in the ongoing efforts to drive the Al-Shabab militant group out of the region. This operation follows the successful expulsion of Al-Shabab from all districts in the Middle Shabelle region. The forces that have taken control of Masagaway are said to have crossed from the Middle Shabelle region.
The situation in the area is currently tense as authorities work to establish overall security.
This latest development continues the Somali government’s efforts to push Al-Shabab out of the Galgadud and Mudug regions. The group has been fighting against the government and African Union forces for over 15 years but is now facing its most formidable challenge yet as local people have joined the rebellion against the militants.
In recent months, there has been a significant increase in the number of Somali civilians revolting against Al-Shabab. This civilian uprising has been a critical factor in the government’s and local forces’ success in driving the group out of the country.
Al-Shabab, which is affiliated with Al-Qaeda, has been active in Somalia for over a decade and has carried out numerous attacks on civilians, government officials, and military personnel. The group has caused widespread death and destruction and has imposed a strict and often brutal rule on the areas under its control.
The civilian uprising against Al-Shabaab has been spurred on by the group’s continued attacks and the desire of many Somalis to return to peace and stability in the country. In recent months, local communities have begun organizing their own defense forces to drive the militants out.
The Somali government and local forces have received support from the international community, including the US and Turkey, in their efforts to combat Al-Shabaab. This support has included drone strikes and other forms of assistance.
The capture of Masagaway is a significant victory in this ongoing struggle. It is a testament to the determination of the Somali people to rid their country of this destructive and oppressive group.