Obama says Somali Shebab networks in East Africa `weakened`

 US President Barack Obama said Saturday that Somalia`s Al Qaeda-linked Shebab militants had been "weakened," but that the overall security threat posed by the group remained.

Nairobi: US President Barack Obama said Saturday that Somalia`s Al Qaeda-linked Shebab militants had been "weakened," but that the overall security threat posed by the group remained.

"We have systematically reduced the territory that Al-Shebab controls. We have been able to decrease their effective control within Somalia and have weakened those networks operating here in East Africa. That doesn`t mean the problem is solved," Obama said during a joint news conference with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.

"We can degrade significantly the capacity of the terrorist organisations, but they can still do damage," Obama said.

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