Militants defecting to Somali side after losses
Elasha Biyaha: Somalia`s government spokesman says some 500 al-Shabab fighters have left the group and joined the government in a sign of disarray among the Islamist group`s ranks.
Abdirahman Omar Osman said yesterday that defections have been increasing since African Union and Somali troops captured the militant-held town of Afgoye outside Mogadishu last month. Abshir Ali Mohamed left al-Shabab this month. He believes the conservative militant movement will soon end.
He said the group is suffering heavy losses.
African forces have been battling al-Shabab on three sides for the last several months.
Kenyan forces are expected to attack the al-Shabab-held port town of Kismayo in coming weeks. Kismayo is the last major stronghold al-Shabab still controls.
Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga promised this week that Kenyan troops would take Kismayo by August.
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