African Union mission and Somali forces on Thursday wrapped up a two-week training aimed at enhancing intelligence gathering and surveillance to help flush out terrorist groups in the country.

The AU mission said on Friday that the training introduced 31 African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and five Somalia National Army (SNA) officers to the capabilities of unmanned aerial surveillance systems.

David Obonyo, AMISOM’s chief military intelligence officer said the training honed its officers on the latest tools and techniques in the gathering and use of Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) methods.

“The aim of this course was to enhance the proficiency of newly deployed AMISOM staff to the force headquarters ISR cell and, secondly, to increase their understanding of the applications of ISR to sector level operations,” said Obonyo in a statement issued in Mogadishu.

Conor Brady, adviser to the United Kingdom Mission Support Team to AMISOM said the training had produced refined ISR practitioners who would help operationalize ISR cells in the field and also train others in comprehensive approaches to security in Somalia.

“The past two weeks have been very productive. The trainees have learnt a lot and demonstrated this during group training exercises, and we believe that we have the competencies to operate within AMISOM and the SNA,” said Brady.

John Kisilu from the Kenyan Air Force was full of grateful for the quality of training they had received particularly on the use of tools like Google m

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