Top military commanders under AMISOM agreed on a strategy that will launch targeted military operations against the al Shabaab in Somalia. The new direction strategy is projected to flush out the terrorists as well as establish a stable military presence in the areas cleared off of al Shabaab.
The three-phase plans include; comprehensive operations in support of the Somalia Transition Plan, stability operations targeting al-Shabab hideouts and enhancing protection of population centers.
The planned military operations are part of the country’s Transition Plan, which includes implementing a conditions-based AMISOM troop withdrawal, handing over of priority locations in Mogadishu to the Somali Security Forces, degrading al-Shabab and securing key supply routes.
AMISOM has more than 22,000 soldiers and police from six African countries deployed in Somalia to protect the government there and to fight the militants.