Turkey is set to open a military training facility that can train more than 1500 troops in the Somali capital Mogadishu.
Somali defense minister Abdirashid Abdullahi Mohamed said that the camp which had been under construction for the last two years will open this September, Hurriyet Daily News reported Friday.
“We will begin deploying soldiers to the facility. Our army and other forces will receive training at the camp,” he announced Thursday. The camp will help strengthen the Somali army, he added.
The facility - Turkey’s largest overseas military camp - is spread over 4 square kilometers and holds three military residential complexes and schools.
More than 200 Turkish military personnel will come to the facility to train the Somali Armed Forces and provide security to the compound, the Turkish mission in Somalia said.
Turkey opened its largest embassy in Mogadishu last year, to help the east African country fight drought. More than 6 million people - half of the country’s population - is facing severe drought and a cholera outbreak, which claimed at least 1,000 lives this year, according to the UN.
For the third time in six months, huge consignments of weapons that include hundreds of AK-47 assault rifles and anti-tank weapons were seized from a dhow headed for Somalia. The Combined Maritime Forces Combined Task Force 150 which conducts the anti-piracy and counter terrorism operations off the coast of Somalia was quoted as saying by IHS Janes that, “the seizure was made on 20 March near Socotra in the Northern Indian Ocean by the French Navys FREMM frigate
Australian Navy has seized a large number of weapons caches that includes 2000 AK-47 assault rifles 100 rocket propelled grenade launchers, 49 machine guns from a Somalia bound fishing vessel in Oman. HMAS Darwins boarding team intercepted the vessel about 300 kilometres off the coast of Oman and found weapons along with spare barrels and mortar tubers hidden under fishing nets in the dhow,
China has donated defense equipment worth US $5.5 million to Uganda for its peacekeeping operations in war-torn Somalia
The US Department of Defense has been running a secret base in Somalia to conduct drone missions and train Somali forces. Abdighani Abdi Jama, state minister for the presidency in the interim regional administration in the Somali city of Kismayo was quoted by Foreign Policy as saying that the US has bases in the country
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has decided to end its military training program in Somalia, following the seizure of nearly 10 million dollars from a UAE Royal Jet by the Somali government last week. “The UAE has decided to disband its military training program in Somalia,” said a government statement run on the UAEs WAM news agency on Sunday
After sacking some 9000 soldiers linked to the failed 2016 coup, Turkey has launched plans to hire around 40,000 personnel in various ranks of its armed forces. A military source told Anadolu Agency that the new recruits will include 3,755 officers and 5,375 non-commissioned officers, in addition to the plans to hire 13,213 specialized sergeants and 20,595 contracted rank and file
Turkey inaugurated a military academy in the Somali capital Mogadishu capable of training 1500 soldiers at a time. Turkeys Chief of General Staff Gen
Turkey announced new tax measures aimed at boosting defense spending, the finance minister said on Thursday. "The tax raises will be transferred directly to the defense industry fund as the fund is not a part of central government budget," Naci Agbal said in a speech at the Istanbul Financial Summit
A software has been developed as part of Turkeys Justice and Development Partys (AKP) bid to discharge alleged Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) members from the military by facilitating profiling of members of Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) The software is reportedly built upon a scoring system that gives negative points to army members who have conducted additional foreign missions, have received disciplinary notes, have benefited from suspiciously rapid promotions, or have previously been appointed to duties concerning student admissions and student grading,
Turkey has signed a contract with BMC Otomotiv Wednesday for the purchase of 529 tactical wheeled vehicles (TWV). Turkey has decided to work with BMC Otomotiv as a main contractor in the procurement of the items which are to meet the needs of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), The Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM) said in a statement this week
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