New offensive launched against Al Shabaab militants in SomaliaListen /
African Union troops and Somali government forces have launched a new offensive against the Islamic militant group Al Shabaab.
That's what Nicholas Kay, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative to Somalia told the Security Council on Tuesday.
He is also the head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in the country (UNSOA).
Mr. Kay said the offensive was made possible because of a recent UN Security Council resolution.
"It will be the most significant and geographically extensive military advance since AMISOM started, and there have already been notable successes. I pay tribute to the commitment and sacrifices made by AMISOM and its police and troop contributing states."
AMISOM is the UN-backed African Union Mission in Somalia.
On 12 November, the Council unanimously adopted resolution 2124, which extended the authorization of AMISOM until 31 October 2014 and increased its troop ceiling to just over 22,000.
Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.