Troops from the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) on Wednesday 29th March 2023, conducted a joint operation in Dhobley town to enhance the capabilities of the Somali Security Forces (SSF) under the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS). The KDF troops collaborated with the Jubaland Security Forces (JSF) to impart roadblock handling skills to the SSF.
As part of the exercise, JSF troops were mentored on practical clearance procedures and roadblock searches in hostile environments. The operation included thorough searches on vehicles operating in Dhobley, a crucial aspect in the fight against violent extremism and terrorism
The joint dominance patrols along the Dhobley Tabda Main Supply Route (MSR) were aimed at mentoring the SSF on roadblock handling and ensuring the safety of civilians while restricting the enemy’s freedom of action and movement. The ultimate objective of the operation was to enable the SSF to assume full security responsibilities in Somalia, in line with the ATMIS mandate.
The Sector II Commander reiterated their commitment to degrading the threats posed by Al-Shabaab militants and mentoring the SSF to achieve the ATMIS mandate. Capacity building and countering terrorism activities in the region are integral parts of this commitment.