Aug. 7 - A day after al Shabaab insurgents withdrew from Mogadishu, Somali forces say they will continue fighting until the rebels quit the country. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
After the withdrawal in Mogadishu African Union soldiers and government forces make their way to the front lines in Somalia a day after the government said the militant group al Shabaab had retreated from the city. Officials and residents say the fighting still goes on. Somalia Government Frces Commander, Adullah Alia Nod , saying (Somali): "We captured this stadium yesterday afternoon as it was one of the biggest bases for al Shabaab. Today, two of our soldiers were wounded in ongoing fighting. Our forces are now on the way to the livestock market. We are prepared to continue fighting until we get al Shabaab out of Somalia." After al Shabaab started its withdrawal, the Somalia President said the group had been defeated in Mogadishu. But al Shabaab, which has its stronghold in the south of the anarchic country, denied this and said it would re-group and fight on. Al Shabaab's exit from Mogadishu, if confirmed, could mean a change of tactics including al Qaeda-style suicide attacks. The Islamist militia has threatened to decapitate anyone who turns its fighters in to the police. Somalia has been without effective central government for some 20 years. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters