Mogadishu (SD) – The Somali National Army and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) launched a Joint Operations Coordination Center against Al Shabaab fighters in Mogadishu.
Opening Ceremony of the Center at AMISOM Headquarters in Halane Camp, was attended by the Commander of the Armed Forces Gen. Odawa Yusuf Rage and AMISOM Deputy Force Commander for Operations and Planning, Maj. Gen. William Kitsao Shume.
A joint statement from AMISOM and the Somali National Army said that the base will be jointly managed by AMISOM and the Somali National Army, and will enhance the planning and coordination of military operations against Al-Shabaab.
General Odawa Yusuf Rage said the center will facilitate the elimination of Al-Shabaab from the country.
“The success of these centers will depend on the relationship between the two SNA and AMISOM bases, and how they coordinate the work of the divisions, which then executes any such instructions for successful implementation and enforcement. For our part, we will work hard to make that happen, ”said Gen. Odawa.
Maj. Gen. Shume, for his part, spoke about the cooperation between the two forces and in achieving a shared goal.
“This event marks a milestone in our endeavor to have all the JOCCs around the sectors fully functioning and operating. I am happy to note that the JOCCs in all the other sectors are also already established. We will be jointly planning, coordinating and synchronizing current and future operations together. Therefore, we will be able to optimize the utilization of combat support and combat service support together as we plan for our operations,” said Maj. Gen. Shume.
The Somali military and AMISOM forces have been criticized in recent months for lack of co-operation and results in their operations against al-Shabaab.
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