Somalia: Jubaland's fight against Al Shabaab spawns controversy

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KISMAYO, Somalia Oct 7,2014 (Garowe Online)-Jubaland's ongoing military offensive against Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab fighters spawned controversy after Mogadishu-based Federal Government reportedly called for pause, Garowe Online reports. 

Federal Government officials are said to have asked AMISOM's sector two to make stopover in Luglow, Yoontay and Bulo Gudud from where allied forces liberated Al Shabaab on Monday but Jubaland administration rejected the call outright. 
 
Jubaland said it wouldn't heed parallel campaign by allied units consisting of sector one and Somali army troops who drove into-last Al Shabaab hotbed-Barawe coastal town over the weekend and expects major assault on Kabsuma, some 90 km north of the southern port city of Kismayo. 
 
Under the auspices of IGAD,Somalia Federal Government struck deal with Jubaland leader Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed Islam (Madobe) in Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa in August 2013. 
 
The fledging state insists, it is committed to dislodging Al Shabaab militants from the remaining strongholds. 
 
Kenyan battalions serving with African Union Mission in Somalia hold command of sector two. 
 
 
GAROWE ONLINE 

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