JOWHAR (Halbeeg News) – African Union has urged the commanders of Somali and AMISOM troops to launched joint offensives against Al-Shabaab fighters.
Over 21,000 soldiers contributed by Uganda, Kenya, Djibouti, Burundi and Ethiopia back Somali national army.
Commander of African Union Mission, Lt. Gen. Jim Owoyesigire has called on battlefield commanders of both SNA and AMISOM to accelerate the fight to annihilate Al-Shabaab.
In a statement, Owoyesigire said the forces should carry conduct joint operations to liberate areas under the control of Al-Shabaab.
“The Force Commander tasked the forces with intensifying the training and mentorship of their SNA counterparts through joint planning, coordination and execution of operations in line with the AMISOM transition plan,” a statement issued by AMISOM official noted.
Mr. Owoyesigire further urged the troops to strengthen relations with the local community through co-operation with the regional administration and undertaking of quick impact projects to address pertaining social infrastructural challenges.
The AMISOM commander said joint security operation with the Somali National Army will improve peace, security and also equip Somali forces with the necessary skills for the sustainable stability of the country.
He emphasized the need to Secure the Mogadishu-Johwar supply route blocked by Al-Shabaab fighters.
The mandate of AMISOM was in July extended by the United Nations Security Council resolution 2434 underscoring a gradual and conditional withdraw of boots by 2020.