13th August 2015, Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud called on the National Army as well as AMISOM troops in Somalia to scale up attacks on Al Shabaab militants.
The President call came when the country approaches 2016 when planned indirect elections due to happen.
The Somali President applauded the latest offensives by the National Army backed by AMISOM ally forces to liberate key towns in the country from the control of Al Shabaab militias.
The war against the Al Shabaab has intensified in the last few weeks. SNA backed by AMISOM has conducted campaigns against the militants killing dozens and destroying their operations and logistics bases.
Several towns in Somalia have been captured and are in control of the allied forces. Regions such as Dinsoor and Bardheere in Gedo regions have been liberated from the control of the militants.
The President noted effort of the forces to secure key priority regions and district is of paramount significance.
AMISOM military component has been instrumental in helping Somali National Security Forces push the Al Qaeda-affiliated terror group, al Shabaab, out of much of southern Somalia including most major towns and cities.
AMISOM Military Component
Uganda which falls under sector 1 secures regions as Banadir and lower Shabelle.
Kenya forces are responsible for sector 2 that comprises of Lower and Middle Jubba. An operation dubbed ‘Operation Jubba Corridor’ is still on course with prime purpose of flushing out the remaining Al Shabaab militants in the region.
Ethiopian forces take care of Bay, Bakool as well as Gedo regions that fall under sector 3.
Djiboutian forces are in charge of sector 4 which covers Hiiran and Galgaduud.
Burundi command sector 5 which covers the Middle Shabelle region.
More activities are expected in the coming days whereby AMISOM troops are expected to continue with their intensive campaigns against the militants in their respective sectors.
Headed by the AMISOM Force Commander, Lieutenant Gen. Jonathan Rono, the military component is also responsible in providing security to the country’s Federal Institutions, government installations; troops expected to scale up security on these prone establishments.
AMISOM troops also carry out their functions and helps secure Somalia’s key infrastructure including its airports and seaports.
AMISOM forces to be on the lookout as the militants are not completely weakened, they have been fragmented, others have repulsed into hiding meaning in the coming days there is greater possibility of the militants regrouping and committing retaliatory attacks.