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Intensive operations against Al Shabaab

By Tajuddin
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Apr 25th, 2016
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The Al Jazeera camp in Mogadishu built by the African Union (AU) mission to Somalia (AMISOM) with the financial support of the European Union

The Al Jazeera camp in Mogadishu built by the African Union (AU) mission to Somalia (AMISOM) with the financial support of the European Union

Mogadishu , Somalia ( DIPLOMAT.SO) – The Federal Government of Somalia and the African Union force, AMISOM have reinforced the need for more coordinated collaboration between AMISOM and Somali National Army in dealing with the terror threat in the country. Speaking during a meeting in the capital of Mogadishu, the head of AMISOM Francisco Madeira and Deputy Premier Mohamed Omar Arte reiterated the need for closer cooperation while acknowledging the existing gaps between the two forces.

“The interaction between AMISOM and the Somali national security forces will in the end determine whether we shall be able to overcome Al-­Shabaab. In the absence of such cooperation we are doomed to fail”, Madeira said. Madeira said he had raised the security and defence issue with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and noted that some of the pressing issues were related to the command and control structures between AMISOM and their Somali counterparts.

Arte shared similar sentiments but said the two can find an amicable way to iron out any pending issues: “Sometimes there are operational difficulties but we hope that SNA and AMISOM can address them”, the deputy Prime Minister said. During a meeting in Djibouti in February, troops contributing countries (TCC) to AMISOM stressed the need for a more coordinated approach observing there were inadequacies in the command and control structures of AMISOM.

In a communiqué, the TCC leaders emphasised the need to undertake a review of immediate requirements for AMISOM and SNA for operational effectiveness. They also called on relevant partners to enhance coordination especially in information sharing as part of efforts to revitalise offensive operations in Somalia against Al-Shabaab. Present during the talks were Somali Defense Minister, Abdulkadir Sheikh Dini, and the deputy Chief of Defense Forces, Gen Ali Bashi Mohamed.

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