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SNA, AMISOM officials acquire skills of intelligence gathering

MOGADISHU (SD) – Somali and African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) military officials have acquired intelligence gathering skills to boost operation planning and decision making amid Somali intensified operations against al-Shabaab fighters in central and southern Somalia.

The three-day training on intelligence gathering training to enhance gathering and sharing of information to deepen collaboration in conducting joint military operations against Al-Shabaab terrorists in Somalia.

The J2 foundation course, supported by the United Kingdom (UK) Mission Support Team (UK-MST) to AMISOM, in conjunction with the AMISOM Force Headquarters was attended by seven SNA and 13 AMISOM military officers, drawn from all the sectors.

AMISOM Force Commander Diomede Ndegeya stressed the significance of the course to military operations, noting that intelligence or information is a critical capability in military operations, and critical to both AMISOM and SNA.

“With the effective use of information, we can analyze the enemy and uncover his intentions, while helping to protect and support our own forces,” Ndegeya said.

Ndegeya said that intelligence can boost operation planning and decision making, noting that the situation in Somalia is complex and constantly evolving, necessitating good situational awareness.

Ndegeya urged the participants to transfer the knowledge and skills gained from the training to their jobs in their respective units, to enable the mission to achieve its mandate, particularly in efforts to degrade al-Shabaab and restore peace and stability in Somalia.

Lt Adil Mohamed Ali, one of the participants from the SNA, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, lauded AMISOM and UK-MST for the training and appealed for similar training to be conducted in future.

“We have undertaken a J2 course here on intelligence gathering which was a very important course for us the Somali National Army (SNA). It was a four days course and we learnt and benefited a lot from this course. We hope to share the skills and knowledge we learnt here in the training in order to share with our colleagues and units. We request for more similar trainings in future,” said Lt. Ali.

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