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Be Cautious of Terrorism – CDS

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The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Lieutenant General Obed Boamah Akwa has advised personnel of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) to be security cautious due to terrorism threats in neighbouring countries.

Lt Gen Akwa made this statement during his second durbar with All Ranks and Civilian Employees since his assumption of office on 3 March, 2017 at the Burma Hall in Burma Camp on Thursday, 12 October 2017.

The CDS stressed on the need to look at events in our sub-Region to be watchful of Boko Haram. He referred to terrorist attacks in Burkina Faso, Cote D’Ivoire and Mali and also mentioned Al Qaeda attacks in the Maghreb; Al Shabab in the Horn of Africa and of course ISIS.

He admonished personnel to question and report every unusual occurrence, be prepared to conduct short, focused, incisive tasks to defeat any terrorist attack. He cautioned that standby arrangements in all Units and Bases should not just be in name but in reality, trained to respond.

The CDS also touched on the Internal and External Operations of GAF. He applauded soldiers for executing their task very well in operations like Operation Vanguard, Calm Life, Halt II, Ahodwo, and Operation Boafo and added that efforts were underway to address the operational logistics associated with them.

On External Operations, he said though there have been delays, plans and preparations were far advanced to insert the Combat Team in South Sudan and mentioned that, MINUSMA GHAV would be withdrawn soon based on the decision of the UN.

The CDS commended soldiers for their overall discipline, comportment and asked them to exhibit professionalism in all they do.

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