The Somali National Army (SNA) recently recaptured the key town of Ba’adweyn from al-Shabaab terrorists. The SNA has been conducting offensive operations for the past several months.

The Somali Army Strikes Back at al-Shabaab

Four months ago, al-Shabaab terrorists had captured the important supply town, located in the Mudug region. They had been using it as a base wherefrom to attack government facilities and officials, military bases, and the population. Al-Shabaab is aligned with al-Qaeda.

Somali state media announced that early on Tuesday, Somali troops pushed al-Shabaab out of Ba’adweyn and several neighboring towns including Haradhere and Imaamd, forcing many of the al-Shabaab terrorists to escape after their positions became untenable.

“Somali National Army along with Galmudug regional Darwish forces took over control of Ba’adweyn town and surrounding areas in the early hours of Tuesday, military officials confirmed,” the state media reported.

General Stephen Townsend, commander of AFRICOM, addresses Somali troops. (DoD)

“Troops from the 21st Division of the Somali National Army have captured Haradhere and Imaamd, al-Shabaab stronghold villages in the Mudug region. Terrorists fled before the Army arrived. This comes as the SNA took over full control of the Ba’adweyn town on Tuesday morning,” the media added. 

The Somali army has received backing and training from the U.S. and U.K.

The Danab Brigade, the Lynchpin of the Somali Army

Until former President Trump abruptly pulled American troops out of Somalia, the United States had kept a small but significant footprint in the country. There were reportedly about 700 special operations troops operating out of the Baledogle Airfield, in Walaweyn District, Lower Shabelle Region. 

The U.S. troops were training the members of the Danab Brigade. Danab, which means “lighting,” is an elite brigade-size Somali unit, funded by the U.S., that is battling al-Shabaab terrorists in the Horn of Africa.