AU, Somali troops map out new strategies to fight Al-Shabaab

Top military commanders from Somalia and Africa Union peacekeeping forces (AMISOM) have mapped out new strategies aimed at defeating Al-Shabaab terrorists.

The commanders, who wrapped up a five-day conference in Mogadishu on Saturday, agreed on key resolutions aimed at enhancing cooperation and efficiency in military operations targeting Al-Shabaab militants.

“The commanders proposed speeding up of lethal and non-lethal support to Somalia National Army (SNA) to enable it operate effectively alongside AMISOM,” they said in a joint statement.

The resolutions are also aimed at building the capacity of the SNA and turning it into a professional and competent outfit, capable of handling Somalia’s security once the term of AMISOM ends, it added.

The conference recommended that AMISOM and SNA must engage with the UN at the early stages of planning to address logistical challenges, and with partners to expand the paying of stipends to SNA soldiers serving in all the sectors.

Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia, Francisco Madeira, said key recommendations would yield tangible results in the fight against Al-Shabaab and secure the forthcoming elections if fully implemented.

Somali Deputy Prime Minister, Mohamed Omar Arte, expressed optimism that the outcome of the conference will help secure the forthcoming elections and boost operations against Al-Shabaab.

“Only a strong partnership and relationship between the SNA and AMISOM will enhance operational effectiveness of both forces. I urge you to ensure that this coordination and cooperation be replicated at all levels. What is required now is increased proactive and aggressive implementation of operational plans,” Arte said.

Source:- Xinhua

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