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Al-Shabab Commanders Killed Near Mogadishu

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African Union security forces say they killed two senior al-Shabab commanders during a joint operation with Somali troops in a region north of Mogadishu.

The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) said Friday that Issa Mohamed Dhoore and Sharif Ameey were killed during an offensive in a village about 200 kilometers from the capital.  

AMISOM said Mohamed Dhoore was a "liaison officer" to the militants' foreign backers and a close associate of al-Shabab's leader, Ahmed Abdi Godane. The AU mission identified Ameey as another top leader of the al-Qaida-linked group.

The African Union said its joint operation with Somalia has captured an al-Shabab training camp near the Kenya-Somalia border and destroyed a logistics base the militants had in the Middle Juba region.

Separately, the chief of Somalia's army says U.S. forces are helping to train and equip a new Somali commando unit.

In an interview with VOA's Somali Service, General Dahir Aden Elmi said his army's troops are learning specialized combat techniques.

"They are receiving special training for fighting in jungle or the cities. Mainly modern warfare, so they can conduct any kind of operation in modern warfare, especially guerrilla-type,” he said.

U.S. military officials recently acknowledged they have expanded their presence in Somalia to help the country battle al-Shabab. A Reuters report says up to 120 American military personnel are now in the country.

Elmi said he hopes one or two Somali battalions will be ready to put the training into practice by the end of this year, so they can take on a central role in Somalia's army, which is currently very fractured.

“It’s the main branch of the army, so far, because, as you know, the current Somali army is regional," he said. "We did not have logistics.  It is a challenge for us to integrate all those units. All is under my command but they are regional.”

In recent years, Somali and AMISOM forces have pushed al-Shabab fighters out of major cities, but the group has continued to launch attacks on the government and other targets.

The militants have attacked the presidential palace twice this year, and claim responsibility for killing four Somali lawmakers, including Saado Ali Warsame, a popular singer and member of parliament who was shot to death in Mogadishu on Wednesday.

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by: Blackstar Deng Bol from: juba
July 26, 2014 1:51 AM
We needs more security than that to stabilize the region from al shabab killings daily

by: Xaaji Dhagax from: Somalia
July 26, 2014 12:49 AM
Here the Government did good job of killing the two so called commanders of Al Shabaab terrorists insurgents. Hitting them back so hard will give the terrorists easy way to understand that Somalis are out to defend themselves. This is a sign that Madam Saado Cali Warsame did not die in vain. For the next mission, Somali authority should apprehend or kill the terrorist leader Ahmed Cabdi Godane.

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