New York Times: Somalia’s President Declares War on Shabab Militants
MOGADISHU, Somalia — The newly elected president of Somalia, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, declared war on the Shabab militant group on Thursday and offered amnesty to fighters, whom he referred to as “brainwashed youth,” if they surrendered within 60 days.
“The country is in a state of war,” said Mr. Mohamed, widely known by his nickname, Farmajo.
“We want to attack them and liberate the areas they are in,” Mr. Mohamed said, referring to the Shabab militants.
His announcement came just over a week after President Trump signed a directive that declared parts of Somalia an “area of active hostilities.” The order temporarily relaxes some rules for preventing civilian casualties when the American military carries out counterterrorism strikes in Somalia.
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WNU Editor: Al Shabaab has dismissed the Somali President's war declaration .... Al-Shabab dismisses Somali president war declaration (BBC). In the meantime the U.S. is not ramping up its efforts in the country .... Trump Grants US Military More Authority to Strike Militants in Somalia (VOA).
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