Turkish trained SNA officials return to Mogadishu

Hiiraan Xog, Military officials have today arrived in Mogadishu after taking refresher course in Turkey.

One hundred officials from Somali National Army completed six month course on Human rights preservation and code of conduct in Turkey.

The officials who returned to the country were received at the airport by Somali Minister for Defense, Hassan Mohamed Ali and other officials.

Mr. Ali who spoke to the media at the airport has lauded Turkey’s efforts to help Somalia build Somali military through training and mentorship.

I thank the government of Turkey which puts more efforts to help build our army. I also commend their (Turkey’s) commitment in the army rebuilding,” the minister said.

Somali government has been trying to reform Somali National Army which battles with Al-Shabaab.

SNA was established in 12th April in 1960 after Somalia attained its full independence.

Under former president, Mohamed Siyad Barre’s rule, Somalia once possessed a formidable military in the continent.

The army which disintegrated when the the government was ousted and the country descended in to civil war in 1990s was re-established during the former transitional Somali governments.

SNA soldiers backed by continental forces have been battling Al-Shabab in different parts of the country for a decade.

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