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May 17, 2021

Al-Shabaab’s agenda for Somalia is anarchy and mayhem

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It’s a norm for terror groups to ramp up attacks during the holy month of Ramadan and the Somalia-based Al-Shabaab is no different.

But this year’s holy month of Ramadan, the group scaled back on attacks for weeks as the political crisis deepened in Mogadishu and rival army units threatened to go to war.

Al-Shabaab rather opted to conserve energy in the hope that the country would plunge into an all-out civil war.

But since the country’s political situation calmed down following agreements between the government and the opposition, the Al-Qaida-linked group has gone back to its usual behavior of causing destruction and killings.

Fortunately, the group was again dealt another blow after the USAFRICOM Commander GEN. Stephen Townsend met with Jubaland president Ahmed Madobe and discussed better ways to fight against terrorism and how the US can play a more active role in countering the Al-Shabaab threat.