The Federal Government of Somalia is committed to defeat the terrorist groups, Al-Shabaab and the Islamic State. The government will use all available resources, including foreign military support including our international partners, in particular the United States of America and African forces (AMISOM). All airstrikes and offensive operations taking place in Somalia are well planned, and our leaders sought assurances that all attempts to avoid civilian casualties, all necessary precautions are taken prior launching the airstrikes.
The Minister of Information, Abdirahman Omar Osman thanked Somali people for their support of these military operations against the terrorists, and said “We cannot thank enough the support of our people for saying enough is enough following the 14 October truck bomb attack in Mogadishu. Winning hearts and minds of our people is key to the success of counter terrorism measures in Somalia. The Federal Government will continue the military operations including the use of airstrikes against Al-Shabaab in response to the cowardly attacks against civilians, as well as on Somali security forces and AMISOM.” The Somali National Army, working with the Police, Regional Forces and the National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA), jointly with AMISOM and other partners, will continue to actively seek out Al-Shabaab strongholds across the country.