Tensions are rising in the Togdheer region as the Habar Je’lo subclan, a prominent segment of the larger Isaaq family, forms a militia in response to the Ga’an Libaah movement. The move follows a recent incident in which the Ga’an Libaah militia hijacked a vehicle belonging to Somaliland’s Ministry of Water in the remote area of Dhoqoshay.
Togdheer region, Somaliland, SOMALIA. By Dalmar:
As the incident occurred in an area primarily belonging to the Habar Je’lo subclan, its members swiftly mobilized the community. According to Bakayle media, the clan elders announced their intention to form a militia to confront the Ga’an Libaah. Moreover, the Habar Je’lo dispatched envoys to another subclan, Habar Yoonis. This clan also expressed concern about the hijacking of the government vehicle.
In recent weeks, elders from the Habar Je’lo subclan led efforts to mediate and end hostilities between Ga’an Libaah and the Somaliland government. These efforts were viewed as a means to unite the Isaaq clan, especially after the Somaliland government’s collapse in Gooja’adde on 25 August. The blunder resulted in a significant loss of equipment and personnel on the side of Somaliland’s army.
The Ga’an Libaah movement has recently achieved significant territorial gains. Daljir Media identified several settlements and smaller villages that should be currently under Ga’an Libaah’s control. These include Go’da-Weyn, Libi Sagaalo, Haji Salah (Xaaji Saalax), Duruqsi, Hahi (Xaaxi), Biyo Fadhiisinka, Raydab Khaatumo, Go’da Yar, Warabeye (Waraabeeye), Dabagorayaale, Salahley (Sallaxley), Qalo’ato (Qaloocato), and other small settlements.
These territorial gains have brought the Ga’an Libaah movement to the forefront of the political landscape in Somaliland. It compels the Hargeisa government to pay attention to it. The resignation of Somaliland’s President Muse Bihi remains the central issue as the movement continues to exert influence.
The situation remains fluid, with concerns growing about the potential for further conflict in the region.