Somalia vows to sustain fight against al-Shabab after town takeover

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Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire on Tuesday vowed to sustain the fight against al-Shabab after the security forces liberated Janale town from the militants on Monday.

Khaire lauded the Somali National Army (SNA) for recapturing the town, about 95 km southwest of Mogadishu, saying Janale is a critical hub that was key to the operations of the terrorist group.”Operation Badbaado will be sustained until our forces defeat the extremists, expand the governance space and all basic services are decentralized to all Somalis in Somalia,” he said in a statement issued in Mogadishu.According to Khaire, Operation Badbaado, unlike all other previous operations, is a Somali-led operation and seeks to liberate areas, hold those areas, provide stability and extend basic services to citizens who suffered so many years of brutal rule at the hands of extremist groups.

“Once an area is liberated by the SNA, Somali Police Force will gradually take over the mandate to keep law and order. This will be followed by the establishment of local administrations and the arrival of government and international actors to partner in the stabilization and provision of basic services to these areas,” Khaire explained. He said Operation Badbaado has considerably contributed to the overall reduction of major incidents of insecurity in the capital Mogadishu and the Somali people have now begun reaping the fruits of their efforts to reform the uniformed personnel.

Khaire contributed these successful SNA-led operations to the comprehensive cross-sectoral reforms, including the Somali Security Sector Reform, in which he spearheads.The reforms, which sought homegrown solutions to inherent security challenges, are capacitating, enabling and transforming Somali National Armed Forces into a contemporary armed force capable of defeating the terrorists and holding liberated areas, said Khaire.

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