Aweys Osman Yusuf
Addis Ababa 01, Feb.07 (Sh.M.Network) - The United States believes that Somalia’s hard-line Islamists forcefully driven out of the country by government troops backed by Ethiopian military forces may reorganize themselves in Saudi Arabia, Eritrea and Yemen, Jendayi Frazer, US assistant secretary of state for African affairs, said on Wednesday.
Speaking to the Financial Times in
"It is going to take some time for the fog of war to clear up and we have an ability to see who is still operating and how they are operating," she said.
But she was "very concerned" that extremist elements from among the defeated Islamists were "trying to reconstitute themselves either out of
"We have to engage with the Saudi government and their services to try to prevent that from happening as well as engage regionally."
Ms Frazer described
The news comes as Al-Khaleej newspaper based in the United Arab Emirates reported the US ambassador to Kenya, Michael Ranneberger, was negotiating with Islamist leader in the Kenyan government custody over the release of 11 US soldier reportedly seized in southern Somalia.
Ms Frazer said the key to ensuring
"They have to do it by reaching out. They have to do it through inclusive dialogue," she said.
According to Al-Khaleej news agency, Mr. Ranneberger has asked the Islamist leader in the custody of Kenyan authority to order the release the US soldiers who were seized during heavy ground skirmishes between the Islamists and the American soldiers accompanied by Ethiopian troops nearly three weeks ago in southern Somalia.