Africa
  World
  Islam
  Health
  Photos

World Islamic Prayer

Cimilada
VOA Somali
BBC Somali 14:00
BBC Somali 18:00
Deutsche Welle
BBC Radio
Voice of America
IRIN Radio
NPR Radio
Radio Netherland
Last Updated: Feb 11, 2014 - 5:11:05 AM
Somalia
Somalia: Hizbul Islam group withdraws allegiance, says 'Al Shabaab is weakened'

MOGADISHU, Somalia Sep. 25, 2012 (Garowe Online) - A spokesman for Hizbul Islam militant group in Somalia says the group has defected from Al Shabaab terror group, saying that "Al Shabaab is weakened", Garowe Online reports.

Sheikh Mohamed Moallim, spokesman for Hizbul Islam group that joined Al Shabaab in 2010, told reporters that the Hizbul Islam-Al Shabaab "joined forces by mouth only, and now we have decided to withdraw our support."

Moallim said Al Shabaab "issued propaganda against Hizbul Islam", adding that Hizbul Islam is "open to negotiations with all groups for the interest of Somalia," adding that "Al Shabaab has been weakened."

Since Aug. 2011, when Al Shabaab withdrew military forces from Mogadishu in the face of a military onslaught by Somali forces aided by AMISOM peacekeepers, Al Shabaab has lost control over key towns including Baidoa, Beledweyne, Afgoye, and Merka.

The spokesman, who said he is in Kenya, claimed that Hizbul Islam leaders issued this decision. Hizbul Islam is led by Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys, former leader of the Islamic Courts Union (ICU) that declared war on Ethiopia in 2006 and resulted in the subsequent Ethiopian army intervention in south-central Somalia that lasted until early 2009.

Sheikh Aweys has not spoken publicly yet about this issue, but his last public comment was last week when he declared war on the Somali Federal Government led by President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who was elected on Sept. 10, 2012.

Political analysts say Al Shabaab is a multi-clan outfit linked to Al Qaeda and international terrorism, while Hizbul Islam is a clan-based armed group claiming Islamist credentials, with Sheikh Aweys supported and surrounded by members of his own Habar Gedir sub-clan.

GAROWE ONLINE

RELATED:
Somalia: Federal Govt endorses central state after tripartite deal
Somalia: Radio Garowe hosts educational contest for neighborhoods
Somalia: Puntland Govt committed to’ implementing democracy’-says President


Advertisement
 

Somalia: Puntland President not adamant about domestic, external threats [Editorial]

EDITORS PICK:

Somalia: Federal Govt endorses central state after tripartite deal

MOGADISHU, Somalia July 30, 2014 (Garowe Online)

Somalia: Radio Garowe hosts educational contest for neighborhoods

Hani Garabyare's Journey From Somalia to the Senate

Somalia: Puntland Govt committed to’ implementing democracy’-says President

Somalia minimizes overseas embassies due to shortfall in budget

Somalia: Massive security operation launched in Mogadishu following killings

Somalia: Six killed in renewed fighting over regional influence

Somalia: President Hassan, PM host Iftar Dinner for Puntland delegation

Somalia: State Funeral held for popular musician, MP Saado

Somalia: MP murder sparks widespread condemnation

United States Condemns the Killing of Somali MP Saado Ali Warsame in Mogadishu

Somalia: Female MP gunned down in Mogadishu amid Ramadan rampage

Somali lawmaker shot dead in drive-by shooting

Somalia: Kenya warplanes target Al Shabaab hideouts again

About Us | Disclaimer | Copyright | Contact Us