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Somalia Warns Arms Sales Restrictions Undermine Fight Against al-Shabaab

  • Government is making headway in battle against al-Shabaab
  • Support sought from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, minister says

Restrictions on weapons sales to Somalia are undermining efforts to thwart al-Shabaab insurgents that are trying to overthrow the government, a cabinet minister has warned.

A military offensive has freed a large swathe of territory from the al-Qaeda-linked group’s control over recent months, but more weapons and support are needed to sustain troop deployments to rural areas and encourage clan leaders to escalate the fight, said Ali Omar, Somalia’s state minister for foreign affairs.