Mogadishu, 13 November 2017 – The Federal Government of Somalia is committed to the defeat of terrorist groups of al-Shabaab and Islamic State. The government will use all available resources, including foreign military support from our international partners in particular the United States of America and African forces (AMISOM).
All airstrikes and offensive operations taking place in Somalia are well planned and our leaders sought assurances that in attempts to avoid civilian casualties, all necessary precautions are taken prior to every airstrike.
H.E. Abdirahman Omar Osman (Eng. Yarisow), the Minister of Information of Somalia thanked Somali people for their support to military operations against terrorists and said “We cannot thank enough the support of our people for saying enough is enough following the 14 October truck bomb attack in Mogadishu. Winning hearts and minds of our people is key to the success of counter terrorism in Somalia. The Federal Government will continue to the military operations including the use of airstrikes against al-Shabaab in response to the cowardly attacks against civilians, as well as on Somali security forces and AMISOM.”
The Somali National Army, working with the Police, Regional Forces and the National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA), jointly with AMISOM and other partners, will continue to actively seek out al-Shabaab strongholds across the country.