AMISOM and Somali National Army capture Qoryooley

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Mareeg.com- Mogadishu 22nd March 2014**- In an operation early this morning, Somali National
Army backed by African Union forces overran Al Shabaab outposts to capture the key
town of Qoryooley in Lower Shabelle.

Located 120 kilometers Southwest of Mogadishu, Qoryooley has been under the brutal
rule of the terrorists for five years.  In the last one month, many of the al
Shabaab’s commanders have been fleeing towards the town following a string of
defeats by the SNA and AMISOM forces. The capture of Qoryooley is also critical for
AMISOM future operations to liberate the port city of Baraawe, one of the remaining
sources of illicit revenue for extremist group.

The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC)
for Somalia, Ambassador Mahamat Saleh Annadif congratulated Somali National Army
and AMISOM troops on the achievement noting that this operation demonstrates
AMISOM’s continuing determination to support the people of Somalia as they embark on
a new path of renewal and reconstruction.

“AMISOM will continue to bring security to more areas of Somalia so that local
people can live their lives and pursue their livelihoods in freedom”
The joint operations between the Somali National Army and AMISOM which began this
month have so far liberated the eight towns in the various regions around the
country, the most recent being Qurunlow town in Middle Shabelle.

Since the UN Security Council boosted AMISOM troop numbers to over 22,000, the
forces who are working closely with Somali National Army have been expanding to new
areas and have helped the Somali government by providing a secure environment and
recovering more territory, as well as ensuring law, order and justice.

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For more information, please Contact;
Eloi Yao and Colonel Ali Eden Houmed

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