Why Somalia Is Keenly Following Afghanistan Development
Highest ranked Somalia government official to talk of the Taliban take over in Afghanistan is Abdirahman Mohamud Abdulle, State Minister for Education, Culture and Higher Education of Somalia. He says Afghanistan should be a lesson to Somalia and called for unity among Somalis to avoid a similar takeover (by Al-Shabaab). ''After 20 years and waste of trillions of dollars Afghanistan has been taken over by the Taliban, this clearly indicates we cannot be depending on foreign countries,'' Somali education minister Abdirahman Mohamud said. The remarks by the education minister came as Somalis on social media have been debating over a possible take over by militant group Al-Shabaab after the withdrawal of Amisom troops. In an exclusive interview with Dalsan TV, the Somali president’s national security advisor, Abdi Said Ali, refuted the comparison security situation in the horn of the African nation and Afghanistan. He stated that the Somali National Army (SNA) and the continental peacekeeping force, Africa Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) are in charge of the security noting the militants do not have the military power. AMISOM, created in 2007 to help stabilise the then transitional federal government, has its mandate until December 31, 2021, following an extension by the UN Security Council. Troop contributing countries include Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Ethiopia and Djibouti. The Somali military has intensified operations against Al-Shabaab fighters in the last one month killing at least 279 militants and destroyed 20 hideouts and four vehicles laden with explosives in Hiraan, Middle Shabelle, Lower Shabelle, Lower Juba, and Mudug regions according to state-owned media. But the militant group Al-Shabab which is affiliated with Al-Qaeda has threatened to interrupt Somalia's parliamentary and presidential elections. The group has been fighting for over a decade to topple the central government based in the capital Mogadishu and establish strict Sharia'h law based on their own interpretation.