MOGADISHU, Somalia – Former Prime Minister of Somalia Abdi Farah Shirdoon has proposed direct talks with Al Shabaab, an al Qaeda linked group fighting to overthrow the western-backed government based in Mogadishu.
Shirdoon believes that the talks could end of a brutal self-styled caliphate the group carved out in large parts of Somalia.
The militant group carried out attacks and bombings in the capital, Mogadishu and other parts of Somalia despite ongoing military operations.
The group still continues its deadly attacks amid a surge of airstrikes carried out by the United of States military in Somalia.
The group was pushed out of Mogadishu capital in 2011 by Somali army troops and 22,000-strong African Union force in Somalia.
The rebel group also lost most of their strongholds, but it still controls large rural areas and remains the key threat to peace in Somalia.
The al Qaeda linked group has been fighting for over ten years to overthrow the internationally-backed government in Somalia.