32 military personnel from Somali National Army and ATMIS conclude training on Intelligence and Surveillance in Mogadishu.
Thirty-two military officers drawn the Somali National Army (SNA) and the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) have concluded their training on Friday May 20. The officers have undergone training in Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) which took place in the capital Mogadishu. The United Nations Field Technology Services (UNFTS) and the United Kingdom Mission Support Team (UKMST) facilitated the training. Maj. Gen. Gerbi Kebede Regassa, the ATMIS Deputy Force Commander Support and Logistics, expressed his happiness at the good number of SNA soldiers who participated and completed the training successfully. Lt. Col. Jeremy Sapwell, the UKMST Commanding Officer, exuded confidence in the new skills that the ATMIS and SNA personnel had acquired from the five-day training. The officers are expected to boost intelligence gathering and surveillance on Al-Shabab insurgents who have been a thorn in the flesh for the Somali government in decades. The Al-Qaeda affiliate group is trying to overthrow the internationally backed Federal government of Somalia and impose its own strict interpretation of the Islamic Sharia.