Mogadishu: Somalia`s Prime Minister says that Somali government forces and African Union peacekeepers can take back control of the country`s ruined capital from Islamist insurgents within a year.
The Somali transitional government, which is backed by about 9,000 African Union troops, now controls about half of the capital city, although violence is still frequent in the capital.
Islamist insurgent group al-Shabab controls the other half and much of south-central Somalia.
Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed said in Mogadishu on Wednesday that his government needs more time beyond the end of its mandate in August to fight the militants.
The UN has called for the government to step down in August.