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Transitioning Security: Multinational Force Assumes Somalia Mission from African Union

A multinational force will assume responsibility for the security mission in Somalia, relieving the African Union of its duties.

by Soofiya

In the complex landscape of international security, transitions of authority and responsibility often mark significant milestones. One such transition is currently underway in Somalia, where a multinational force is poised to assume the critical security mission previously held by the African Union. This shift not only highlights evolving dynamics in Somalia but also underscores the global community’s commitment to stability and peace in the region.

For years, Somalia has grappled with internal strife, conflict, and the presence of extremist groups. In response, the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has played a pivotal role in bolstering security and supporting the Somali government. AMISOM’s efforts have been commendable, contributing significantly to the gradual improvement of security conditions in various parts of the country.

However, as Somalia progresses on its path towards stability, the need for a transition becomes evident. The decision for a multinational force to take over the security mission reflects a strategic shift aimed at enhancing the effectiveness and sustainability of security efforts in Somalia. By leveraging the expertise, resources, and diverse capabilities of multiple nations, this transition seeks to build upon the progress made by AMISOM and address emerging challenges more comprehensively.

The involvement of a multinational force brings several advantages to the table. Firstly, it broadens the base of support, spreading the burden of security responsibilities across multiple nations. This not only eases the strain on individual contributors but also fosters greater international collaboration and solidarity. Additionally, a multinational approach enables the pooling of diverse skills and perspectives, enriching the overall effectiveness of operations on the ground.

Furthermore, the transition to a multinational force signals a continued commitment to Somalia’s long-term stability and development. It sends a clear message that the international community remains steadfast in its support for the Somali government and its people. Moreover, by assuming a leading role in the security mission, the multinational force reaffirms its dedication to upholding peace and countering extremism in the region.

Of course, challenges lie ahead in this transition process. Coordination among participating nations, logistical complexities, and ensuring alignment with the priorities of the Somali government will require careful attention and collaboration. Nevertheless, by harnessing the collective strength of multiple nations, these challenges can be overcome, paving the way for a more secure and prosperous future for Somalia.

As the multinational force prepares to take the reins from AMISOM, it is essential to recognize the sacrifices and achievements of the African Union troops and personnel who have served tirelessly in Somalia. Their dedication and bravery have been instrumental in laying the groundwork for progress, and their contributions will not be forgotten as Somalia enters this new phase of its security journey.

A more streamlined multinational force is set to take over the current African Union (AU) peacekeeping mission in Somalia by the year’s end, as confirmed by National Security Adviser Hussein Sheikh-Ali to The National.

The African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (Atmis) is slated to conclude its operations on December 31, effectively concluding the AU’s 17-year presence in Somalia. Initially deployed to expel the Al Qaeda-affiliated Al Shabab militant group from Mogadishu and support the internationally recognized federal government, Atmis has operated under a UN mandate aimed at countering Al Shabab’s resurgence and training Somali security forces.

While some Somalis had hoped for their nation’s armed forces to assume control, the impending deployment of a smaller, better-equipped multinational force suggests a more robust strategy against Al Shabab than relying solely on local security forces.

According to Mr. Sheikh-Ali, the new force will prioritize securing vital government and diplomatic installations across Somalia. Negotiations surrounding this transition occurred ahead of the African Union’s summit of heads of state in Addis Ababa, attended by Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.

“Discussions are already underway at AU and UN headquarters, as well as in Mogadishu, regarding this new multinational force involving the Federal Government of Somalia, AU, UN, and donor partners,” Mr. Sheikh-Ali conveyed to The National via telephone.

He elaborated that the mandate of the multinational force would encompass protecting key government infrastructure, logistics hubs of the Somali Security Forces, as well as areas housing foreign diplomatic missions, UN agencies, and international humanitarian organizations.

“We anticipate the new multinational force to comprise between 3,000 to 8,000 personnel, working closely with an equivalent number of Somali forces, who will eventually assume Somalia’s security responsibilities after 12 months,” he explained, outlining plans for Somali forces to embed with the multinational coalition.

Mr. Sheikh-Ali emphasized that the mission’s role would be reassessed after a year, with potential extensions contingent upon Somalia’s security situation. The current AU mission, which initially comprised 22,000 personnel, now stands at 14,262, with a further reduction of 4,000 expected by June, operating primarily in Mogadishu and southern Somalia, with troop contributions from Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda.

The impending transition comes amidst ongoing combat between Somali government forces and Al Shabab militants, who persist in launching deadly guerrilla attacks, including suicide and car bombings, resulting in civilian and military casualties. President Mohamud’s declaration of an all-out war on Al Shabab in May 2022 has seen intensified efforts by government forces, although analysts note a shift in tactics by the militants towards hit-and-run attacks, underscoring the challenges ahead in Somalia’s security landscape.

In conclusion, the transition of the security mission in Somalia from the African Union to a multinational force marks a significant milestone in the country’s trajectory towards stability and peace. By embracing a collaborative and inclusive approach, the international community demonstrates its unwavering commitment to supporting Somalia and its people. As the multinational force assumes its responsibilities, it does so with the shared goal of building a safer, more resilient Somalia for generations to come.

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