Turkey opens military training base in Somalia capital Featured

Turkish Chief of Staff General Hulusi Akar, second left, and Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre, second right, receive a salute from a Somali soldier at combined Turkey-Somali training center during his visit to Mogadishu, Somalia, Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017. The Turkish government has opened a military base, its largest in Africa in the Somali capital Mogadishu. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsame)

he Turkish government has opened a military training base, its largest in Africa, in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

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 stabilize the war-torn country.

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

Somalia's army, including former militia, is struggling to battle the Islamic extremist al-Shabab insurgents who are fighting to establish an Islamic state under strict Shariah law.
The Somali government is challenged to take over the country's security before the scheduled withdrawal of 22,000 African Union forces late next year.

Source: ABCnews