Somalia lures defectors in new push against insurgents
Wednesday January 24 2018
Al-Shabaab recruits stage a military drill in Somalia on February 17, 2011. Many defectors are working alongside the government they once fought. PHOTO | ABDURASHID ABDULLE | AFP
Senior defectors provide operational intelligence - such as how al Shabaab makes armoured vehicle bombs - and insights into its leadership.
The full effect of the defections is unclear, although al Shabaab was needled into denouncing one former top commander, Mukhtar Robow Abu Mansur, as an apostate after he publicly urged his clansmen to fight the insurgency.
Many defectors are working alongside the government they once fought.