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Ethiopian, Djiboutian ATMIS Peacekeepers Conduct Joint Military Exercise

© AFP 2023 / AMANUEL SILESHIEthiopian National Defence Forces (ENDF) soldiers train in the field of Dabat, 70 kilometers Northeast of the city of Gondar, Ethiopia, on September 15, 2021.
Ethiopian National Defence Forces (ENDF) soldiers train in the field of Dabat, 70 kilometers Northeast of the city of Gondar, Ethiopia, on September 15, 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920, 28.11.2022
In light of a recent resurgence of terrorist attacks by Al-Shabaab* in Somalia, the African Union (AU) and neighboring countries are set to enhance the operational effectiveness of the peacekeeping forces stationed in the country in order to anticipate and eliminate potential terror threats.
Ethiopian and Djiboutian peacekeeping forces under African Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) Sector Four have conducted a joint military drill, according to Ethiopian media.
The joint military exercise by the members of ATMIS peacekeeping forces from Ethiopia and Djibouti is of crucial importance in terms of anticipating future challenges and undertaking possible missions in a coordinated manner, said Deputy Commander of Sector Four Colonel Shumet Telelew, as cited by the media.
According to the commander, the joint military drill is expected to help eliminate Al-Shabaab’s occasional attempted attacks, and enhance the alliance of the two countries’ armed forces. It was mentioned that the military exercise will help assess the current military capacity of their forces.
After the military drill, the peacekeeping mission members stated that the joint combat exercise based on practice is aimed not only at checking the military’s position, but also at strengthening the coordination within the forces to subsequently neutralize the al-Shabaab terrorist group.
The announcement of the joint military drill follows the latest attack by Al-Shabaab militants in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, at the Villa Rossa hotel located in a secure area near the presidential residence on November 27. The attack resulted in at least four casualties, according to media reports, citing a local security official.
Amid intensified attacks by the terrorist group, the African Union Peace and Security Council recently extended the operational timelines of the organization's Transition Mission in Somalia. ATMIS is a multidimensional mission authorized by the AU and mandated by the United Nations Security Council. The countries contributing troops include Uganda, Burundi, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Djibouti.
African Union peacekeepers from Uganda provide security as Somali lawmakers arrive to cast their vote in the presidential election, at the Halane military camp in Mogadishu, Somalia Sunday, May 15, 2022. - Sputnik International, 1920, 25.11.2022
African Union Extends ATMIS Troops Presence in Somalia in Wake of Resurgence of Al-Shabaab Attacks
ATMIS forces have a mandate to carry out joint operations with the Somali Security Forces (SSF) against Al-Shabaab and other terrorist groups, provide security and protection for local communities, and increase the capacity of the SSF to enable them to take over the security responsibility after the end of the transition period in December 2024.
*Terrorist organizations outlawed in Russia and many other states
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