US says Al-Shabaab remains biggest threat in Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia – The top US intelligence chiefs have warned that al-Shabaab remains the biggest source of insecurity in Somalia.
The heads of the U.S spy agencies say the al Qaeda linked group Al Shabaab is likely to continue posing threats to the nations of East Africa in the coming year, amid rising terror attacks.
The spy masters called on the Somali government to reduce Al Shabaab threats due to “elite competition, corruption and poor coordination among security services in Somalia.
In a report released on January 29 says the group still capable to carry out deadly attacks because of the insurgents also not be significantly weakened by the African Union forces in Somalia.
The intelligence report did not say anything about US air strikes against al Qaeda inspired group in the war-ravaged nation of Somalia.
The report said 21,000-strong African Union force including about 4,000 from Kenya is still unlikely to thwart in aggressive offensive operations against Al-Shabaab in advance of the mission’s scheduled withdrawal from Somalia by 2021.
The force known as AMISOM has been battling Al-Shabab fighters for 10 years.
Somalia has not had an effective central government for nearly 20 years and Al-Shabab controls significant portions of the country’s south.