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Normalcy returnsto Mogadishu afteral-Shabaab pulloutFriday, August 16, 2013Exactly two years ago, theSomali armed group al-Shabaab was forced out ofthe capital Mogadishulargely because of theefforts by the AfricanUnion and Somali forces.It took the joint forces fiveyears to regain full controlover Mogadishu. AMISOMargues that the capital’ssecurity has improvedsince then.Since the pullout, the cityhas recorded tremendousprogress. Key roads havebeen opened asreconstruction is takingplace throughout the oncebullet riddled and warravaged capital. Thebusiness community isparticularly enjoying theimproved security as shopsopen until late at night.The militant group recentlyclaimed responsibility foran attack on a Turkishdiplomatic post that left sixpeople dead. AMISOM andUN offices have also beenrecent victims of Al-Shabaab’s deadly attacks.Two years since thepullout of the dreadedarmed group, securityforces are still strugglingto maintain the capital’ssecurity. In particular, thegroup intensified itsattacks on AMISOM andSomali government duringthe Muslim holy month ofRamadan.The capital hasexperienced relative calmbut the militant groupcontinues to launchguerilla attacks. Securitystill remains the biggestchallenge for PresidentHassan Sheikh Mohamud.Despite all progress, thereis little to show. Several ofkey Mogadishu roads havebeen blocked with concretebarricades. Thegovernment says it hasintroduced new forces thatwill take charge of thecapital’s security. It alsocalls for public support inits war on Al-Shabaab.The group is facing seriouschallenges after the arrestof one of its senior mostcommanders. Nevertheless,it says that it will continuewith its war until itunseats the newinternationally backedfederal government underPresident Hassan Sheikh

Normalcy returns
to Mogadishu after
al-Shabaab pullout
Friday, August 16, 2013
Exactly two years ago, the
Somali armed group al-
Shabaab was forced out of
the capital Mogadishu
largely because of the
efforts by the African
Union and Somali forces.
It took the joint forces five
years to regain full control
over Mogadishu. AMISOM
argues that the capital’s
security has improved
since then.
Since the pullout, the city
has recorded tremendous
progress. Key roads have
been opened as
reconstruction is taking
place throughout the once
bullet riddled and war
ravaged capital. The
business community is
particularly enjoying the
improved security as shops
open until late at night.
The militant group recently
claimed responsibility for
an attack on a Turkish
diplomatic post that left six
people dead. AMISOM and
UN offices have also been
recent victims of Al-
Shabaab’s deadly attacks.
Two years since the
pullout of the dreaded
armed group, security
forces are still struggling
to maintain the capital’s
security. In particular, the
group intensified its
attacks on AMISOM and
Somali government during
the Muslim holy month of
Ramadan.
The capital has
experienced relative calm
but the militant group
continues to launch
guerilla attacks. Security
still remains the biggest
challenge for President
Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.
Despite all progress, there
is little to show. Several of
key Mogadishu roads have
been blocked with concrete
barricades. The
government says it has
introduced new forces that
will take charge of the
capital’s security. It also
calls for public support in
its war on Al-Shabaab.
The group is facing serious
challenges after the arrest
of one of its senior most
commanders. Nevertheless,
it says that it will continue
with its war until it
unseats the new
internationally backed
federal government under
President Hassan Sheikh

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