Turkey inaugurated a military academy in the Somali capital Mogadishu capable of training 1500 soldiers at a time.
Turkey’s Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar and Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire attended the inauguration ceremony held at the training facility on Saturday amid tight security.
“This academy will help us reconstruct our not based on clan, not from a particular place, but well-trained forces that represent the Somali people,” Khaire said as reported in the Turkish media.
Located south of Mogadishu, the training facility had been under construction for the last two years.
The facility is spread over four square kilometers and has the capacity to train more than 1,500 troops at a time, according to the Somali government.
More than 10,000 Somali soldiers will be trained by Turkish officers at the base, a senior Turkish official.
Somalia’s government is being helped by the United Nations, the African Union, and the United States, which are assisting it in building a functional national army capable of taking on the fight against the militant al-Shabaab group.
The militants were driven out of Mogadishu in 2010, but their deadly attacks remain one of the main obstacles to stability in the chaotic Horn of Africa country, which lies along one of the world’s busiest shipping routes.
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,
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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
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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
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