Disagreement between sufi militia and government envoy Stalls Ethiopian offense in Galgaduud
Mogadishu (Harar24) – A serious of consecutive meetings between the Somali Federal Government and the Sufi militia Ahlu-Sunnah Waljamaca that was held in Dhusamareb, central Somalia are believed to have ended in failure after the two side failed to come to an agreement and common ground.
The disagreement stems mainly from the anticipated takeover of Elbur town as part of the ongoing offensive against Al-Shabaab movement, according to several sources in Dhusamareb town, the Somali Government in case of the takeover wanted to declare it “Ethiopian Victory with support of Somalia Government troops”, whereas Ahlu-Sunnah Waljamaca wanted every operation carried out in Galgaduud to be attributed to them along side Ethiopian support.
According to the interior minister Abdullahi Godax Bare, who attended the meetings alongside Abdikarim Hussein Guled, Security Minister:”There is no disagreement, how could there be any disagreement when Ahlu-Sunnah Waljamaca has no fighting force in Galgaduud? All their fighters where integrated in to Somali National Army after peace agreement signed with the government last year.”
The sufi Militia group which has named itself as Ahlu-Sunnah Waljamaaca is believed to be worn out after engaging in long and fierce battles with its sworn enemy the armed islamist group Al-Shabaab, however, an spokesman for the group insisted that the group was still strong, defiant and the only once still resisting Al-Shabaab in the central regions contrary to the claims by the interior minister.”The government has come here to destroy Ahlu-Sunnah Waljamaaca, we won’t allow that to happen”Said Ahlu-Sunnah Waljamaca spokesman.
Several sources have suggested the Ethiopian military leaders in Galgaduud have begun mediating sessions between the Ahlu-Sunnah leaders and Somali Government envoy through the means of local clan elders in the area.
This latest disagreement comes after several powerful clans in Galgaduud have refused to aid the Ethiopian troops in their ongoing offensive against the Al-Shabaab movement, through the extent that several clans have told the Ethiopian to not cross through their territory in their planned offense against Al-Shabaab .