Kampala: Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has released a new video in which he encourages Somali militants to fight on despite the challenges.
In the video, reported on Friday by the Site Intelligence Group which monitors militant activities, al-Zawahiri urges al-Shabab militants not to be deterred by US drone attacks.
It is al-Zawahiri`s second video address to al-Shabab, which formally joined al Qaeda in February.
Al-Shabab has increasingly come under pressure in recent times from regional armies and government forces who are pushing it from three sides inside Somalia.
Somalia`s Prime Minister said last month that al-Shabab militants were fleeing up north, into the semiautonomous region of Puntland.
Somalia has lacked a stable government since 1991.