The US army has yet again pointed out Al-Shabaab as one of the groups that target Americans across East Africa and vowed to step up efforts in degrading the militants, who have been fighting to topple the fragile UN-backed Somalia government for over a decade.
The Somalia based group pledged allegiance to Al-Qaida in 2010 and has since been fighting security forces and civilians leading to hundreds of thousands of deaths and destruction of the Somali people’s property.
Gen Stephen Townsend, the commander US Africa Command, in a message delivered on Friday in commemoration of the September 11 attacks of 2001, said the US army will continue working with African allies in a bid to degrade the terror groups.
The army general who coordinates operations in Africa maintained that the terrorist groups especially those allied to Al-Qaeda and ISIS will not be allowed to spread wings in Africa, adding that they are a common threat to Africa and international partners.
“There are terrorists who wake up every morning thinking of ways to attack our way of life and rob our people and partners of the future they deserve; violent extremist organizations are a common threat and enemy we share with our African and international partners,” he said.
“The service members and civilians of U.S. Africa Command work hard to suppress and keep this very real threat at bay.
Al-Qaeda, the terrorist group responsible for the attacks of 9/11, uses the African continent as a sanctuary and to regroup, but their ambitions are broader than the African continent.
Al-Shabaab, a terrorist organization aligned with Al-Qaeda has expressed their intent to do harm to Americans,” he added.
US Army, he noted, will continue fighting the terror groups across Africa resiliently to eliminate any threat that targets civilians. The move, he said, will safeguard the interests of Americans and their allies in Africa, arguing that such groups target innocent people.