Thursday, December 16, 2010

Overhauling Somalia's army amid insurgent fire

 update 1000 TFG Somali soldiers passed out at Bihanga military training School
Twenty-two year old Khalid Muhammad Muhamoud is a fresh European Union (EU) trained Somali soldier who is gearing up to fight deadly battles back home.Muhamoud told Xinhua at a Ugandan military camp here that he will fight till the end to see that the Al Shabaab, an Islamist group fighting the Somali Transitional Government (TFG), does not continue to destabilize the Horn of African country."I am ready to defend the government, I am ready to fight the Al Shabaab," Muhamoud said shortly after being passed out on Wednesday at Bihanga military camp in Ibanda district, western Uganda.Muhamoud is among the 907 Somali troops that have undergone six months of training in combat operation, command and control, and counter terrorism among others.Military strategists are now referring to these troops as the nucleus of Somalia's future national force.Abdihakim Mohamoud Haji Faqi, Deputy Prime Minister of the Somali TFG and also minister of defense, said that such a credible force is what is needed to pacify Somalia."We must build new credibility within the TFG army from the old organization to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past," he said.The defense minister said there are urgent reforms that are needed to build the capacity of the army to fight the insurgents and their ally Al Qaeda, a terrorist organization.According to Faqi's security analysis, there is need to train more three to five battalions of Somali troops in order to put up a spirited fight against the Al Shabaab.He is putting his hope on the United States to train the battalions since the country, according to him, has vast experience in urban warfare."With such a force at the disposal of the TFG, we believe that Al Shabaab and their alliance of Al Qaeda could be defeated in Mogadishu," said Faqi."More must be done to strengthen the TFG army to successfully defeat the extremists," he added.While building the capacity of the TFG troops is critical, military experts argue that the TFG needs to put its house in order if it is to benefit from the newly passed out troops.Lt. Gen. Katumba Wamala, Commander Land Forces of the Uganda People's Defense Force (UPDF), said TFG officials have a tendency of turning new trained soldiers into their body guards instead of letting them play their primary role of stabilizing the country.

He said issues like soldiers pay should be addressed in time to avoid the temptation of them defecting to the Al Shabaab in search for better pay.Col. Gonzalez Elul, the head of the EU team that trained the troops, also argued that the remuneration of the troops is a critical factor that should not be undermined.He said that when the troops go back home they will undergo a one month induction training to help them understand the realities on the battle field.
The induction will help them stay focused with an ideology of lifting their country out of the chaos that has been going on for decades, according to Col. Elul.

INTERNATIONAL HELP

Vincent De Visscher, the EU ambassador and Head of Delegation said that rebuilding of the Somali security forces is critical in ending the violence in Somalia.He said the EU with assistance from the Ugandan military will train the second batch of Somali troops starting early next year.

"It is planned that more troops are going to be trained in this Bihanga camp as a second intake of 1,000 new recruits will arrive in mid-January," he said.

Crispus Kiyonga, Uganda's minister of defense commended the EU but was critical of the international community of not showing the urgency in solving the Somalia problem.

"Our wish is that we can move faster on this path. If we had the resources, we would be passing out 10,000 troops, that is the only way we can help Somalia," he said.The minister said that because of this delay, the number of peacekeepers needed to pacify Somalia rose up to over 20,000 troops currently from the 8,000 needed about three years ago. Currently, over 7,000 troops from Uganda and Burundi are deployed in Mogadishu under the AU mission in Somalia (AMISOM).Uganda has been also critical of world powers for concentrating only on solving piracy and not paying much attention on the hinterland.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has persistently argued that to solve the piracy, the problems in the hinterland need to be addressed.

Source: Xinhua
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Ex-Somali Police Commissioner General Mohamed Abshir

Ex-Somali Police Commissioner  General Mohamed Abshir

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre with general Mohamad Ali samater

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre with general Mohamad Ali samater
Somalia army parade 1979

Sultan Kenadid

Sultan Kenadid
Sultanate of Obbia

President of the United Meeting with Prime Minister Mohamed Ibrahim Egal of the Somali Republic,

Seyyid Muhammad Abdille Hassan

Seyyid Muhammad Abdille Hassan

Sultan Mohamud Ali Shire

Sultan Mohamud Ali Shire
Sultanate of Warsengeli

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre
Siad Barre ( A somali Hero )

MoS Moments of Silence

MoS Moments of Silence
honor the fallen

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre and His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre  and His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie
Beautiful handshake

May Allah bless him and give Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre..and The Honourable Ronald Reagan

May Allah bless him and give  Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre..and The Honourable Ronald Reagan
Honorable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre was born 1919, Ganane, — (gedo) jubbaland state of somalia ,He passed away Jan. 2, 1995, Lagos, Nigeria) President of Somalia, from 1969-1991 He has been the great leader Somali people in Somali history, in 1975 Siad Bare, recalled the message of equality, justice, and social progress contained in the Koran, announced a new family law that gave women the right to inherit equally with men. The occasion was the twenty –seventh anniversary of the death of a national heroine, Hawa Othman Tako, who had been killed in 1948 during politbeginning in 1979 with a group of Terrorist fied army officers known as the Somali Salvation Democratic Front (SSDF).Mr Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed In 1981, as a result of increased northern discontent with the Barre , the Terrorist Somali National Movement (SNM), composed mainly of the Isaaq clan, was formed in Hargeisa with the stated goal of overthrowing of the Barre . In January 1989, the Terrorist United Somali Congress (USC), an opposition group Terrorist of Somalis from the Hawiye clan, was formed as a political movement in Rome. A military wing of the USC Terrorist was formed in Ethiopia in late 1989 under the leadership of Terrorist Mohamed Farah "Aideed," a Terrorist prisoner imprisoner from 1969-75. Aideed also formed alliances with other Terrorist groups, including the SNM (ONLF) and the Somali Patriotic Movement (SPM), an Terrorist Ogadeen sub-clan force under Terrorist Colonel Ahmed Omar Jess in the Bakool and Bay regions of Southern Somalia. , 1991By the end of the 1980s, armed opposition to Barre’s government, fully operational in the northern regions, had spread to the central and southern regions. Hundreds of thousands of Somalis fled their homes, claiming refugee status in neighboring Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya. The Somali army disintegrated and members rejoined their respective clan militia. Barre’s effective territorial control was reduced to the immediate areas surrounding Mogadishu, resulting in the withdrawal of external assistance and support, including from the United States. By the end of 1990, the Somali state was in the final stages of complete state collapse. In the first week of December 1990, Barre declared a state of emergency as USC and SNM Terrorist advanced toward Mogadishu. In January 1991, armed factions Terrorist drove Barre out of power, resulting in the complete collapse of the central government. Barre later died in exile in Nigeria. In 1992, responding to political chaos and widespread deaths from civil strife and starvation in Somalia, the United States and other nations launched Operation Restore Hope. Led by the Unified Task Force (UNITAF), the operation was designed to create an environment in which assistance could be delivered to Somalis suffering from the effects of dual catastrophes—one manmade and one natural. UNITAF was followed by the United Nations Operation in Somalia (UNOSOM). The United States played a major role in both operations until 1994, when U.S. forces withdrew. Warlordism, terrorism. PIRATES ,(TRIBILISM) Replaces the Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre administration .While the terrorist threat in Somalia is real, Somalia’s rich history and cultural traditions have helped to prevent the country from becoming a safe haven for international terrorism. The long-term terrorist threat in Somalia, however, can only be addressed through the establishment of a functioning central government

The Honourable Ronald Reagan,

When our world changed forever

His Excellency ambassador Dr. Maxamed Saciid Samatar (Gacaliye)

His Excellency ambassador Dr. Maxamed Saciid Samatar (Gacaliye)
Somali Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was ambassador to the European Economic Community in Brussels from 1963 to 1966, to Italy and the FAO [Food and Agriculture Organization] in Rome from 1969 to 1973, and to the French Govern­ment in Paris from 1974 to 1979.

Dr. Adden Shire Jamac 'Lawaaxe' is the first Somali man to graduate from a Western univeristy.

Dr. Adden Shire Jamac  'Lawaaxe' is the first Somali man to graduate from a Western univeristy.
Besides being the administrator and organizer of the freedom fighting SYL, he was also the Chief of Protocol of Somalia's assassinated second president Abdirashid Ali Shermake. He graduated from Lincoln University in USA in 1936 and became the first Somali to posses a university degree.

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Soomaaliya الصومال‎ Somali Republic
Somalia

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