Al-Shabaab publicly executes suspected US spies in Somalia

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MOGADISHU, Somalia - The Al-Qaeda network in Africa; the Al-Shabaab, has executed four men believed to be the spies of the United States army, a move which further showcases the group's loothe against the Americans, who designated them as a terror network.

According to reports, the Al-Shabaab blamed the four men for sharing intelligence with the US army and the Turkish military, who play a major role in the stabilization mission within Somalia. The two countries train, support, and assist local troops in operations.

The reports indicate that the four men were killed on June 8th in Kurtunwaarey town, within Lower Shabelle. For several years, the Al-Shabaab has fought hard to control Lower Shabelle, but the coordination by the US army, African Union troops, and local forces has made the mission impossible.

Al-Shabaab did not publish evidence against the four men. Defectors told local media in previous interviews that in this kind of cases, the militant groups’ courts often rely on confessions obtained through interrogation and torture conducted by the group’s amniyat wing.

The US Africa Command trains Danab commandos, who have played a key role in the elimination of Al-Shabab from several frontlines. The forces are trained and equipped by Americans, who also pay them stipends as a way of motivating them.

The Turkish military has equally been instrumental in the fight against Al-Shabaab and is responsible for training and equipping the GorGor special forces. Turkey has suffered the brunt of Alshabab's violent extremism, losing many nationals working in Somalia.

Al-Shabaab targets those believed to be working with foreign troops and has never spared them, with hundreds facing similar executions in the past. The al-Shabaab militants control large swathes of rural central and southern regions.

The African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) troops are expected to complete withdrawals from the country, where they have served since 2007. President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud says that by the end of 2024, Al-Shabaab will have lost several strategic grounds.

GAROWE ONLINE

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