BAIDOA,Somalia. The commander of the Somali army's 17th Brigade said he quit and left the town of
Col. Osman Ahmed told reporters that he quit after repeatedly asking for financial and equipment resources from top military commanders, but receiving no response.He said some of his loyal soldiers backed by battlewagons left for Bardhere, a town in neighboring Gedo region. But the remaining soldiers returned to the city of
He said that his army unit "lost many soldiers" last month, when al-Shabaab guerrillas raided Dinsor town and took control following a bloody battle.