What’s behind the major reshuffle within the Somali National Army’s (SNA) leadership? The President of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, has ordered a major personnel overhaul within the SNA, marking the second significant reshuffle since he assumed office last year. His decision likely responds to a series of setbacks the government forces recently suffered in the Galgaduud region.
Dhuusamareeb, Galmudug State, SOMALIA. By Jama:
The reshuffle, which took place yesterday, saw the appointment of key military leaders to critical positions within the SNA. Brigadier General Madey Nurey Sheikh has been named the Deputy Army Commander, while Dayah Abdi Abdulle assumes the role of Commander of Land Forces. Notably, Dayah Abdi Abdulle replaces Brigadier General Ahmed Adan Ali, who had only been in his position for three months. Abdulle, previously a Colonel, was also elevated to the rank of Brigadier General.
The President commended the newly appointed commanders for their unwavering commitment and service to the nation. He encouraged them to exert their utmost efforts to reestablish tranquillity and steadiness within the country. Furthermore, he made a fervent appeal to all Somalis, regardless of whether civilians or soldiers, to lend their support to the military and join the ongoing battle against al-Shabaab, which has been waging a violent insurgency spanning more than a decade.
Response to Galgaduud setbacks
The swift change in army leadership suggests President Mohamud’s effort to address the challenges the government forces faced in the Galgaduud region.
In late August, the Somali army suffered a tremendous setback in the fight against al-Shabaab. The territory they liberated as a result of months-long efforts was lost within a few days, sometimes hours. Al-Shabaab recaptured Osweyne, Budbud, Masagaway, Gal’ad, El Dher, and El Buur.
The carnage commenced with the seizure of Osweyne. This first setback occurred only a day after the SNA and allied forces liberated El Buur, which the government described as a historic victory against the Islamists. Following SNA’s defeat in Osweyne, the rest of the southern frontline in Galgaduud collapsed.