AMISOM has called for intensified collaboration between forces in Somalia and most importantly capacity building of Somali National Security forces to effectively counter Al Shabaab.
In a meeting convened by AMISOM and supported by the UK government, Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Madeira called for efforts to defeat the threat posed by Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), Al Shabaab’s weapon of choice to security forces and civilian populations.
Among top strategies made by the union included intensified intelligence collection and information sharing as well as working closely with civilian populations to end the IED threat.
The ongoing collaboration between stakeholders and security agencies in the country has seen numerous defections from Al Shabaab, detainment of militia and sympathisers as well as foiled attacks that have seen hundreds of the Al Qaeda linked terrorists killed.
Colonel Richard Maundrell, the Commander of the British Forces in Somalia, echoed Madeira’s sentiments on “To achieve this, information sharing and coordination across these levels and organizations will be critical. While it is important to prepare the force and defeat the device, the only way the counter IED battle can be won is through proactive operations against the IED system. This will focus on the perpetrators of IED activity,” said Col. Maundrell.
The strategies are expected to address Al Shabaab’s Asymmetric warfare to counter the threat, and ensure gains made so far, in Somalia’s stabilization are not eroded.