(Sunatimes) Three month long study, carried out in February 2011 revealed that
the total number of Al- Shabab militia was 14,426 foreigners and Somali
fighters. In August the same year the number of Al-Shabab fighters
the.number was 14,426 in February 2011, they are now 7,733 fighters according
to the register of their annual head count which Waagacusub media obtained on 3rdJanuary 2012. The number of the fighters of Digil and Mirifle clan that
was 4,230 is now 2131 as shown by the register.
Clan had 3,106 in the militia, but that number declined this year to 1,830,
mainly from Ogaden and Marehan sub-clans.
fighters in Al shabab were 2,401 last year, but according to the register only
846 are remaining with the majority of Murusade and Duduble sub-clans.
fighting inside Somalia were numbering 1,982 in the last year, but now the Al
Shabab register is showing 1.082 Al-Qaeda fighters are still with
Al-Shabab. The Nationalities of those fighters are mainly Kenyans and
other African nationals.
leader, Ahmed Godane’s own Clan, Dir, have now 1,126 fighters in Al-Shabab,
while last year that number was 1,702 fighters, mainly from his Isaq sub-clan.
from the minority sub-clans in Al-Shabab were 1,005 in2011. Their
majority were students and low income people forced to fight. Al-Shabab
register shows that 718 fighters are now active.
foreign fighters left Somalia. Most of them went to yemen by boats, while
unknown number of them died in the fighting in Somalia. Significant
number of Somali fighters also abandoned from Al-Shabab. Most of the
Somali fighters were killed by Ahlu-sunna wal Jamaa, TFG/AMISOM, Kenya, and
Ethiopian forces. Their easy exit from the Mogadishu battle was a sign of
their defeat. Lack of funding made Al-Shabab declare this year their
merger with Al-Qaeda which is widely believed that they won’t get much from the
were Somali youth from diaspora, mainly from North America, UK, and Sweden who
are now facing difficulties inside the Al-Shabab camps. The reason is
that rules of Al-Qaeda are harsh. Anyone suspected of defection is to be
Shabab’s popularity in Somalia was 45% last year, but now it is not more than
6%. Most of their economic sources are blocked, such as companies that
were supporting them financially are now facing bankruptcy, Somalis in the
diaspora who used to fundraise on behalf of them who were jailed, and the death
of Al Qaeda’s chief of East Africa operations Fazul Abdullah Mohamed.
failed to find market for the Marijuana (Hashish) they grow in Lower Shabelle
region. Now their sources of income are Zakawat (Extortion), and the
charcoal exported from Kismayo and Barawe ports. If those ports fail, it
will for sure be the end of their active operations, but tactically they may
carry out suicide attacks inside Somalia at any time.
Alasow, A senior Radio and TV journalist, a leader of a press watchdog ASOJ,
the editor of waagacusub.com,member of European Journalists and outstanding
commentator with fearless check on actions of the political groups and others
players through investigative journalism, plus defender of the public interest
and voice to the voiceless through "the truthful tip of his truth