Somalia

Source: Al-Shabaab Planning to Infiltrate Newly Formed Somali Government

Somalia's Al-Qaeda affiliate may be planning to infiltrate Somalia's security forces as the new president has Islamist ties

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Confidential sources say that members of Al Shabaab group have prepared a "planned infiltration" of Somali security forces in Mogadishu, in consort with Islamist elements associated with recently elected Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, Garowe Online reports.

The sources speak of a multifaceted strategy involving a number of factors, including external interference. Since withdrawing from Mogadishu in Aug. 2011, Al Shabaab fighters have lost other key towns in the face of a military offensive by TFG forces aided by AMISOM peacekeepers and troops from neighboring countries.