War On Al Shabaab Intensifies; Intelligence Sharing Unit Formed
The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) of Somalia have launched a Joint Fusion and Liaison Unit to ensure timely information sharing.
The move will improve coordination between the TFG and AMISOM to rapidily deal with any emerging security threats.
Head of AMISOM Mission Analysis Cell Fred Ngoga Gatereste says the establishment of the unit which is the vision of the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia Ambassador Boubacar Gaoussou Diara, will allow peacekeeping troops and the TFG to have the same understanding of the situation and take timely action to prevent Al-Shabaab’s terrorist actions.
“Information sharing is already bearing fruits as joint AMISOM and TFG operations have enabled the defeat of Al-Shabaab terrorists in the Daynile area with minimum casualties. The Joint Fusion and Liaison Unit will further strengthen our coordination as we liberate more areas from Al-Shabaab terrorists,” says Ngoga.
The establishment of the Joint intelligence sharing unit between AMISOM and the TFG follows the recommendation made during the Information Sharing Meeting held in Kampala in November 2010.
The development comes at a time when UPDF-led troops are making significant inroads in the once Al Shabaab strongholds.
A similar intelligence sharing strategy was used in 2011 between Uganda and Congolese authorities to coordinate military operations against ADF rebels in Mwalika region.
Military experts say AMISOM could liberate the entire Somalia from Al Shabaab insurgents before the end of 2012.
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Updated on 2013-05-09 09:25
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