facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search

U.S. commander: Al-Shabaab weakened

Aug. 22, 2012 at 6:46 PM   |   Comments

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. military assistance to the government of Somalia has helped cut the amount of territory under al-Shabaab control, the U.S. commander in Africa said.

Forces from African Union countries have also performed in an "extraordinary" manner, Army Gen. Carter F. Ham told Soldiers Radio and Television during closing ceremonies for Southern Accord, a joint military exercise.

"They really have degraded the capability of al-Shabaab, an al-Qaida affiliate operating in Somalia, where most of Somali territory is no longer receptive to al-Shabaab," he said.

He said U.S. assistance has helped increase African countries' counter-terrorism capability.

While Somalia is becoming more stable, there are other trouble spots in Africa, Ham said. He cited Mali, saying about two-thirds of the country is controlled by terrorist groups.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Who is the 'Woman in Black' roaming U.S. highways?
2
Army receives first advanced CH-47F helicopter variant
3
Oklahoma shook by three earthquakes in less than 48 hours
4
Comic-Con cosplayer sexually assaulted, beaten and left in gutter
5
Man accused of raping teen at Keith Urban concert
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback