(Xinhua) -- Turkey has completed
equipping its first military base in Africa in the capital of
Somalia, Mogadishu, which is also the second overseas military
installation, local daily Sabah said Friday.
which is expected to be operational soon, will host Turkish
military officers to train Somali troops against the terrorist
Some 200 Turkish officers will be deployed to the base in the
first stage to train 10,500 Somalian soldiers, the report said.
Turkey and Somalia inked a defense cooperation agreement on
Jan. 25, 2015 in the framework of Turkey’s pledge to build up a
national army for the Somalian state. The deal has been
subsequently approved by the United Nations.
The military base is seen as output of increasing security
threats which caused concerns in both Mogadishu and Ankara.
Turkey has been providing military support to Somalia for
over five years, under the military and financial cooperation
deals between the two countries.
Somalian authorities face serious challenges from the
al-Qaida-aligned Al-Shabab terrorists, which also pose security
threats to the Turkish mission in Somalia.
Turkish first overseas military base was established in Qatar
in April as part of a security agreement.
Somalia seeks apology,
compensation from U.S. over deadly airstrikes
MOGADISHU Turkey (Xinhua) --
Somalia’s semi-autonomous region of Galmudug is
seeking apology and compensation from the U.S. after 13 of its
soldiers were killed and seven others injured by a U.S.
airstrike on Wednesday.
The northern region’s Information Minister Mohamud Aden Osman
called on Washington to carry out further investigations into
"One soldier is missing. The strike has also caused the
destruction of two battle-wagons belonging to Galmudug forces,"
said Osman in a statement on Friday.
"None of our security services (state and national level)
were informed about the attack," said Osman, terming the deadly
U.S. airstrike an attack.
Osman said the state was very disappointed that the U.S.
Pentagon had used an excessive force against Galmudug forces
with "misinformation" from authorities in the semi-autonomous
Puntland state that made the U.S. forces beleive they were
targeting Al-Shabaab militants.
"We suspect that Puntland State of Somalia provided wrong
information deliberately with its own interest to secure the
attack," Osman said.
He said the the misinformation was aimed at creating
"hostility that can undermine the relationship between the two
"This will also has a repercussion in the fight against
terrorism, and will cause the attention of the terror war to be
forgotten and turn to political rivalry," he said but added
Galmudug would remain determined in the fight against the Al-Shabaab
The U.S. airstrike on Wednesday hit a camp of Galmudug forces
in eastern Galkayo. Galmudug authorities initially said 22
soliders were killed and 16 others injured in the bombardment,
which sparked street demonstrations against U.S. forces.
Osman said the incident could benefit Al-Shabaab militants
who want to disrupt Somalia’s upcoming elections which had been
delayed twice. Voting is expected to begin in late October for a
new parliament and lawmakers will then choose a president on
"In this critical time, the only option we have is to
cooperate and not inciting violence and hostility," he said.
The U.S. has carried out a series of airstirkes in Somalia
against Al-Shaabaab, which has been fighting to topple the
Somali government for years.
Somalia improves payroll
system to pay troops on time
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
Somalia government said Thursday it plans
to implement an improved payroll system to ensure that its
troops are paid in a consistent and timely manner to step up
fight against Al-Shabaab effectively.
Finance Minister Mohamed Adan Ibrahim said a revised payroll
process which includes robust fiduciary controls will pilot a
new automated and functional payroll process for the Somali
National Army (SNA).
"This new system will reduce loopholes for corruption and
enable government funds to be efficiently used and accounted
for," Ibrahim said during a meeting in Mogadishu.
He said the initiative supports the progress made on the
security sector reform agenda, which the government has
President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said the Somali troops on the
frontlines work tirelessly to fight Al-Shabaab and provide
security and stability for the country.
"Our government has a duty of care to pay our troops, and to
do so in a regular, accountable and transparent manner," the
"A functioning and effective payroll system is central to the
building of a national security sector architecture and I am
pleased to see the coming together of key government ministries
and the army to make this happen," he added.
The initiative, funded by UK aid and the European Union, is
part of a wider effort for the development of comprehensive
national security architecture with the regions.
Minister of Defense, Major General Abdulkadir Sheikh Ali Dini
said the improved payroll system will enable the Somali National
Army to stabilize the country; allowing for focus and progress
on the important issues.
"We are all working together to improve our systems to ensure
that our military is to be paid the wages they are entitled to,
on time, no matter where they are located," said Dini.