The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) says it is investigating potential areas of support from the government of the United Kingdom (UK) in the war against terrorism in the region of Lake Chad.
In a statement on Saturday from N’Djamena, Chad, the Chief of Military Public Information for MNJTF, Col. Muhammad Dole, declared this.
Dole said she had recently held a meeting at the British High Commission in Nigeria with the First Political Secretary for the Lake Chad Basin, Dr. Katharine Brooks, and the Deputy Security Advisor, Lt.-Col. In Maiduguri, by Bobby GilBrooks.
He said the meeting was aimed at identifying potential areas of action to support the efforts of the MNJTF to weaken terrorists and create an enabling atmosphere for the region’s peace and development.
Dole further claimed that the meeting also offered an opportunity for the MNJTF commander to provide insight into the MNJTF’s.
According to him, Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC), Intelligence Operations as well as Counter Improvised Explosive Device (IED) capabilities are crucial areas that are aimed for potential UK Government support for the MNJTF.
“A follow-up meeting was held in N’Djamena on Friday between the commander and the Commander, Operation TURUS and British Military Assistance Training Team West Africa, Col. Nick Abram.
“The meeting was a build-up on earlier discussions in Maiduguri with emphasis on areas for direct operational support.
“The UK Government had supported the MNJTF in 2015 through the provision of vehicles, rough terrain motorcycles, power generating set of different capacities, dental equipment and communication equipment, among other items,” he said.
Dole reported that the Force Commander, Yusuf, commended the Government of the United Kingdom for its previous sponsorship of the MNJTF and for renewed efforts to strengthen the force’s non-kinetic operations.
He said that Yusuf had pledged the commitment of the MNJTF to remain resolute in fulfilling its mandate.
SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN