The Commander of the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) met with the President of Jubaland regional state on Saturday in the capital of Kismayo. Gen. Stephen Townsend held a closed-door meeting with President Ahmed Mohamed Islam (Madobe) to discuss the battle against Al-Shabaab insurgents. Madobe said that they worked on collaborative efforts to get rid of the group from Jubaland.
“Had a fruitful discussion with AFRICOM commander Gen. Stephen Townsend today when he visited Kismayo. Discussions focused cooperation on the fight against Al-Shabaab and how we can expand efforts to eradicate terror threats from the region” Said the Jubaland president.
Townsend told the Committee on Armed Services last month that the hasty withdrawal “introduced new layers of complexity and risk” and hindered their ability to conduct counter-terrorism operations.
Further, the fight against the radical group has been boosted with the imminent arrival of over 100 Zambian police officers in Mogadishu that is meant to boost the efforts by the AU forces already in the country as AMISOM embarks on a crusade to totally eliminate Al-Shabaab from the few remaining towns in Somalia.