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January 11 - 17, 2013

 

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MOGADISHU Somalia-- Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia (SRCC), Mahamet Annadiff Saleh, lands at Mogadishu International Airport. The SRCC travelled to Somalia in order to meet with President Hassan Sheik Mohamud to discuss the future of AMISOM’s relationship with the government. AMISOM PHOTO

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African Union re-affirms support for
Somali National Intelligence Agency

re-opening of N.I.S.A. headquarters symbolises
the re-building of state institutions which had
been destroyed by two decades of fighting

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MOGADISHU Somalia -- The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Mahamat Annadif has congratulated President Hassan Sheikh Mahamoud, his government and the people of Somalia on the occasion of the 41st anniversary of the National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) and the re-opening of its headquarters.

Ambassador Annadif said the re-opening of NISA headquarters symbolises the re-building of state institutions which had been destroyed by two decades of fighting.

He paid tribute to the National Intelligence and Security Agency for being a key security instrument in the search for sustainable peace and security particularly in the fight against extremism in the country.

He said: "The National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) has played a significant role in fighting terrorists and its efforts are clearly bearing fruits.

"I therefore wish to reaffirm AMISOM’s continued commitment to working with NISA as Somalia moves to stabilise the country and rebuild its institutions."

The AU Special Representative applauded the Somali National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) for being a reliable partner to AMISOM since the deployment of the first AU contingent.
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AMISOM to hold capacity building
training for Somali Civil Servants

MOGADISHU Somalia -- The Africa Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) will over the next couple of weeks conduct a series of training workshops for Somalia civil servants as part of ongoing efforts to enhance the capacity of the country’s public service.

The training sessions involving 120 public servants including secretaries, protocol officers and administrators have been organized with the funding support of the Government of Italy and will be facilitated by the University of South Africa (UNISA) Graduate School of Business Leadership.

The workshops, will be conducted in two sessions from 14th – 20th January and from 21st – 25th January 2013 in Bujumbura, Burundi.

In line with a Plan of Action agreed upon during a Needs Assessment Workshop held in Kampala, Uganda in March 2010, AMISOM has conducted a series of capacity building activities for the Somalia Civil Service including facilitating 2 weeks of on-the-job training and mentorship in Uganda, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Liberia and the provision of requisite working tools/equipment and renovation of office space.

The ongoing capacity building training of civil servants is in line with the new priorities defined in the six pillars- programme of His Excellency President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of the Federal Republic of Somalia.

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JAWAHAR, Somali -- Ugandan soldiers serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) stand in front of a fighting vehicle in the town of Jawahar in Middle Shabelle region, north of the Somali capital Mogadishu. Jawahar was one of the last remaining urban areas under the Shabaab’s control who have lost large swathes of territory and major towns across Somalia over the last 18 months following sustained security operations against them by combined SNA and AMISOM forces. AU-UN IST PHOTO / STUART PRICE

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AMISOM and Somali National Army
troops liberate Jawahar town

encountered little resistance from Al-Qaeda-affiliated
extremist group 'Al Shabaab' as they entered strategic and
economically important capital of Middle Shabelle region
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MOGADISHU Somalia -- With AMISOM’s support, the Somali National Security Forces have pushed the al-Shabaab militant group out of most major urban centres in southern Somalia, including the capital Mogadishu and the port cities of Marka and Kismayo, as well as many other towns and centres.

These developments have created the best chance Somalia has had in a generation to achieve a lasting peace and to establish legitimate and representative institutions.

SNA forces supported by AMISOM captured the town of Jawahar, 90km north of Mogadishu, in early December from the Al-Qaeda-affiliated extremist group Al Shabaab encountering little resistance as they entered the strategic and economically important capital of Middle Shabelle region.

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JAWAHAR, Somali -- Soldiers of the Somali National Army (SNA) dismount from a fighting vehicle alongside an armoured colomn of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in the town of Jawahar in Middle Shabelle region, north of the Somali capital Mogadisu. AU-UN IST PHOTO / STUART PRICE

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JAWAHAR, Somali -- Soldiers of the Somali National Army (SNA) drive through the centre of the town of Jawahar in Middle Shabelle region, north of the Somali capital Mogadisu. AU-UN IST PHOTO / STUART PRICE

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JAWAHAR, Somali -- Somali civilians and children wave from the roadside as an armoured column of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) drives through the town of Jawahar in Middle Shabelle region, north of the Somali capital Mogadishu. AU-UN IST AU-UN IST PHOTO / STUART PRICE

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Jawahar was one of the last remaining urban areas under the Shabaab’s control who have lost large swathes of territory and major towns across Somalia over the last 18 months following sustained security operations against them by combined SNA and AMISOM forces.

The efforts and achievements of AMISOM and the Somali National Security Forces (SNSF) were extensively covered by The AU/UN-Information Support Team’s Newsroom in 2012.

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