Al-Shabaab’s response to Ban Ki-Moon’s call for Amisom troop increase.
Mogadishu (Harar24) – Al-Shabaab’s spokesman Sheik Ali Mohamud Rage (Sheik Ali Dhere) responded to United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon’s call to the security council for “a significant temporary boost” to AMISOM’s numbers.
Sheik Ali Dhere said in an exclusive interview with Al-Furqan radio that the extra AMISOM troops supposed to come to Somalia will be of no avail.
Sheik Ali Dhere also told Al-Furqan that the coming troops aren’t reinforcements, but in reality a replacement of those who have been killed. “The 4,395 coming soldiers are not reinforcements, rather they are coming to replace the ones we’ve killed & injured on the battlefield” said the Shabaab spokesman. He further told the radio station that: “we are not worried about AMISOM or their reinforcements. We’ve been fighting their 20,000+ soldiers for the past six years, a mere 4,395 will not a make a difference”.
According to Sheik Ali Dhere Al-Shabaab have killed the “occupying forces in the thousands”, hence leading him to believe that the coming are troops are merely a replacement rather than reinforcements.
Sheik Ali Dhere’s response comes after Ban Ki-Moon called on the Security Council to provide more financial and military support to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM)
Al-Shabaab was responsible for the Westgate mall attack in which 67 people lost their lives. The attack led to worldwide uproar nonetheless it led to more regional fear and concern, especially countries neighbouring Somalia.In the aftermath of the attack, the AU agreed to increase the presence of AMISOM troops in Somalia after a meeting held in Ethiopia. The request was put forward to the UN, the troops however haven’t been deployed yet, with sources suggesting that the reasons being financial difficulties.