Taliban fighters stand guard in front of the Hamid Karzai International Airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug. 16, 2021. Thousands of people packed into the Afghan capital’s airport on Monday, rushing the tarmac and pushing onto planes in desperate attempts to flee the country after the Taliban overthrew the Western-backed government. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
The Taliban’s rapid takeover of Afghanistan has raised concerns that it could encourage other militant groups fighting around the world, such as Al-Shabab in Somalia.
Experts warn that the international forces in there try to hand over security to the Somali government, so that the world can see the recurrence of what happened in Afghanistan.
According to Somali intelligence official, the Somali government could face what has happened in Afghanistan if it does not end its dependence on Amisom forces.
Al-Shabab celebrates the fall of the Afghan government, according to media reports.
Although al-Shabab does not have the military capability of the Taliban, there is no doubt that they will not be deterred if they choose that path.
In April, the Somali Armed Forces took over part of the operational lead, as outlined in the Somali Transition Plan approved by the government and the African Union Mission in Somalia.
The plan is a strategy in which Amisom peacekeepers will gradually hand over security responsibilities to Somali security agencies before Amisom troops leave the country.
Last month, the military said more than 279 al-Shabab fighters had been killed in Somali military operations without Amisom assistance.