AMISOMAfrican Union Mission in Somalia
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Created in 2007, Amisom has been at the forefront of efforts to tackle the extremists who want to topple the western-backed government.
The Somalia Transition Plan is a comprehensive guide developed by the Federal Government of Somalia and its partners to the transfer of security responsibility to Somali National Security Forces ahead of AMISOM's anticipated exit in 2021.As a key player in the Somali security sector, AMISOM has made tremendous progress in implementing key programmes and activities since 2018, when we commenced implementation of the first phase of the transition.
As part of the operationalisation of CONOPs 2018/2021, Amisom has been reconfiguring its military, police and civilian components.
This article therefore uses AMISOM as a case study to illustrate the importance of developing effective strategic communications for peace operations engaged in enforcement and stabilization activities and the challenges posed in the AU's case.
A joint offensive by AMISOM and Somali government troops forced the group to retreat from all the major towns and cities it held--Mogadishu, Baidoa, Beledweyne, Afgoye, Kismayo, and Barawe, among others--as well as swaths of the countryside.
Experts are warning that AMISOM's military withdrawal may create a political vacuum that neither Al Shabaab nor the Somalian state and its military can fill.
Dubai: Of late, rumours have done the rounds that the UN-backed African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) may withdraw from the country in a year or two.
"The ambush turned into a fierce fight between al Shabaab and AMISOM. We understand fighting is still going on but we do not have the figure of casualties," he told Reuters.
But to settle for that explanation risks missing a more nuanced picture that reveals problems within AMISOM as it battles al-Qaeda-linked militants in Somalia, and within the United Nations peace-keeping system itself.
"Amisom hopes that other sons and daughters of Somalia who have been misled into terrorist acts will [emulate Mukhtar]," the mission said via Twitter.
But to settle for that risks missing a more nuanced picture that reveals problems within the internationally funded African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) that is battling al-Qaeda linked militants in Somalia, and within the UN peace-keeping system in general.