MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Following a conference attended by Al-Shabaab leaders, allied traditional leaders and religious scholars, the group called on its fighters and the Somali people to repel the second phase of an upcoming offensive by Somalia’s frontline states.
In a communiqué issued after meeting dubbed “Second Consultative Forum of the Jihad in East Africa”, attendees, including Al-Shabaab leadership said “it is obligatory on the Mujihadeen and the Somali people in general to cooperate together in repelling and thwarting the second phase of the crusader campaign led by the Ethiopian Christians with their lives and wealth just as they participated in thwarting the previous campaign of the apostate tribal militia.”
The statement shared on social media, the Somali insurgent group accused Ethiopia of pursuing “historical expansionist ambitions” to capture towns including Zeila, Mogadishu and Balad.
On controversial agreements by Somali government with the United Arab Emirates, the rebel group said the Emirati “intervention is part of malevolent agenda to establish mercenary militias that will destroy the country and subdue it for its enemies as it did in Yemen, Libya and Syria.”
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