August 16, 2012 ·19 Comments
Members of the Somali National Army (SNA) manoeuvre in formation during a house-clearing exercise as part of a passing-out parade at an African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) training facility on the western fringes of the Somali capital Mogadishu August 14, 2012. Reuters.
MOGADISHU — The Somali National Army (SNA) this week added an additional 660 soldiers into its ranks after completing six months of intensive training in Uganda.
According to Somali defense officials, the unit were trained by Uganda’s military force and members of the United States military.
Once one of Africa’s largest, Somalia sought to revive its faded forces in an effort to boost national security and restore stability.
The US, UAE and Turkey are some countries that promised to re-equip and train the SNA as a part of their support for the East African nation. They said boosting Somali forces was a key priority for the region’s overall security.
Somalia sits at one of the most strategic location and key trade routes in the Indian Ocean. Any disruption to such is said to have dramatic ripple affect on the entire region.
Turkey is currently training police unit in Istanbul while the US has more than 30 trainers in Somalia. The Ankara government is in the process of delivering the first boats and arms for the Somali coastguard.
During a graduation ceremony held in Jazeera beach, the soldiers performed tactical manoeuvres they have acquired during the six months training on Tuesday.
It was the first time, SNA has displayed this kind of exercises since the collapse of the Somali state in 1991.
The graduation was held in the presence of Somalia’s Defense Minister Hussein Arab Isse and the commander of SNA General Abdqulqadir Sheikh Ali Dini.
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