Top Turkish Gen attends the opening of military training centre in Somalia
October 1, 2017 - Written by Cabays



Cabays Media — The Turkish chief of staff Gen. Hulusi Akar came to Somalia’s capital on unannounced visit to open a military training base, Turk’s largest military base outside its border.

The Turkish chief of staff Gen. Hulusi Akar and Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire inaugurated the newly-constructed facility on Saturday.

Khaire thanked Turkey for “unwavering” support to help Somalia rebuild its fractured army and stabilise the war-torn country.

Two hundred Turkish military officers will train 10,000 Somali soldiers at the base which includes army dormitories, training grounds, sport facilities and prisons.

Turkish Top Gen with Somalia's PM at opening military training centre

Turkish Top Gen with Somalia’s PM at opening military training centre

Somalia’s army and government heavily rely on African Troops in fighting with extremist group Al-Shabab which fights insurgency to establish an Islamic state under their restrict Shariah law.

Somalian’s opinions on the Turkish’s involvement in Somalia is divided and some see the Turkish as ‘brotherly country’ helping Somalia to stand its feet while others are concern the Turkish’s motives.

In Somaliland, its former vice president, Ahmed Yassin has yesterday called on the Somaliland government to pay more attention to the Turkish military training base in Moqadishu.

There is deep suspicious about the Turkish’s motives behind the military base.