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EU Launches 4.5 Million Euro Project to Stabilize Liberated Areas in Somalia

On Wednesday, the European Union announced the launch of the Rapid Nationwide Stabilization Project, which aims to provide government services such as security, water, and reconciliation to areas recently liberated from Al-Shabab militants by government forces. The project, worth 4.5 million euros, will focus on the regional states of Galmudug, Hirshabelle, South West, and Jubbaland. The project’s first phase will begin in central Somalia’s Hirshabelle and Galmudug states, targeting towns such as Harardhere, Eldheer, Mahaas, Matabaan, Teedaan, Rage Cele, and Aden Yabal.

The Minister of Interior, Federal, and Reconciliation, Ahmed Moallim Fiqi, representatives from the regional states, the European Union Ambassador to Somalia, Tiina Intelmann, and NIS Foundation officials attended the launching event in Mogadishu. Intelmann expressed the European Union’s commitment to supporting Somalia and its people stating that the EU would continue to be our ally.

The Somali-led offensive against Al-Shabab began in August 2022, with the support of the United States and Turkey, and has demonstrated the increased capability of the Somali National Army(SNA) to capture major towns and districts from the militants. Moreover, the involvement of local clan militias and international drone support has also been a crucial factor in the success of the offensive. Recently, the government has focused on targeting Al-Shabab’s ability to generate income, subsequently freezing millions of dollars of the terrorist group’s funds.

With the first phase of the offensive doing so well, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud recently announced the initiation of the second phase of military operations against Al-Shabab, aiming to eradicate the militant group from the remaining parts of the country.

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