The Sierra Leone Army ready for deployment in June
18th March 2012 · 0 Comments
The Sierra Leone`s contingent of the The African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) will deploy anytime after June, country’s Defence Ministry spokesman Major Ken Jabbi has revealed.
Ahead of the deployment, over 850 men and women have been trained ready to venture into the Horn of Africa country, where Islamist group Al-Shabaab has been battling it out with pro-government forces who have the support of AU-backed foreign forces, Amisom run by the African union but funded by the UN.
The training of the Sierra Leonean force at the pre-African Contingent Training Assistance course was supported by the Freetown based International Military Advisory Training Team (IMATT), a mainly British-led foreign forces which has been training the Sierra Leone military after the end of the country`s eleven-year civil war.
According to the Military, the Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) will be banking on their experience in the country`s war, which ended in 2002. Mid this month, plans to liberate the remaining southern and central regions of Somalia still held by Al-Shabaab were unveiled. Sierra Leone alongside Kenyan forces are expected to join in the Phase of the operation, targeting Jubaland in southern Somalia, under the command of a Kenyan general.
By Daily Mail