Senior military commanders of African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and Somalia National Army (SNA) had converged for a meeting in Mogadishu where they discussed challenges on the war against the Islamist group, the Harakat al Shabaab al Mujahideen (HSM).
AMISOM and SNA resolved to undertake major military operations to liberate Somalia localities/regions still under the control of Al-Shabaab.
The Mogadishu three-day meeting was chaired by AMISOM Force Commander Lt. Gen. Osman Noor Soubagleh.
In attendance also was Deputy Chief of Defence Forces of the Somali National Army (SNA) Maj. Gen. Ali Bashi Mohamed.
Plans for the offensive to destroy the Al-Qaeda linked Al-Shabaab were firmed up during the meeting.
“We are going to plan and come up with a common operation, fighting side by side against Al-Shabaab,” Lt. Gen. Soubagleh said.
According to SNA Deputy Chief of Defence Forces the meeting had further strengthened cooperation between the joint forces, in countering militant insurgency both Al-Shabaab and the offshoot ISIS faction.
“We agreed to work closely to flash out the enemy from the country. There has never been a better time for SNA and AMISOM to come together like now,” General Ali Bashi noted.
The commanders from SNA and those from all AMISOM’s sectors will reconvene soon to finalize plans for joint operations.
Also another key issues discussed in the three day meeting included strengthening the SNA, in preparation for AMISOM’s exit from Somalia in 2018.