Wednesday September 3 2014

US troops strike al-Shabaab as AU meets over terrorism

By Risdel Kasasira

African Union leaders yesterday met in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, to discuss security threats posed to the continent by terrorist groups as American troops were hitting al-Shabaab insurgents in neighbouring Somalia. President Museveni attended the AU peace and Security Council meeting which discussed a framework that plans to tackle terrorist groups that have spread their operations in North, East and West Africa.

“The meeting is expected to undertake an in-depth review of the situation and the ongoing AU efforts to combat terrorism in Africa within the framework of the AU operational instruments, including the cooperative mechanisms being implemented by Amisom, as well as to agree on practical steps to enhance the implementation of the AU counter-terrorism framework at national, regional and continental levels,” the statement issued by State House, said yesterday.

Terror fight boosted
Special Presidential Assistant for Communications, Ms Sarah Kagingo, said African leaders proposed a fund to fight terrorism. Kenya contributed $1 million, Nigeria $1m and Saudi Arabia $10m.
Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram insurgents were also discussed.
American troops hit the insurgents from different frontiers in the last two days from a forest near Sablale District, 105m south of Mogadishu.

A statement issued by the American government said they were assessing results of the drone strike that also reportedly targeted the al-Shabaab spiritual leader, Abdi Godane, also known as Mukhtar Abu Zubeyr.

“US military forces conducted an operation in Somalia today (Tuesday) against the al-Shabaab network. We are assessing the results of the operation and will provide additional information as and when appropriate,” Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
Meanwhile, AU troops from the Ugandan contingent were yesterday planning an assault on Baraawe, a key sea port under al-Shabaab control.