Turkey has established its first military base in Africa



A Turkish military center in Somalia is expected to train Somalian troops to fight against Al-Shabaab armed group.


Following a military base in Qatar, Turkey's second overseas military base will be in Somalia, at the coast of the Gulf of Aden.

According to an agreement approved by the United Nations, almost 1,500 Somalian military personnel will be trained by Turkish military trainers.

The military base in Mogadishu is a part of Turkey's pledge to build up the national army for the Somali government, which will fight against the al-Shabaab extreme organization as well as other regional extreme groups.

According to government sources the initiative was a part of a framework agreement between the countries on defense industry cooperation signed last year.

On January 25 in 2015, Mogadishu and Ankara reached an agreement to increase military cooperation, which lasted almost a year until it was approved by the Defense Committee of the Turkish Parliament on December 9, 2015.

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