Mogadishu (Halgan ONLINE) – Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud visited the General Gordan military base in Mogadishu on Sunday to bid farewell to Somali National Army battalions that the government plans to deploy to the frontline as part of the ongoing anti-al-Shabab operations.
The General Gordan military base currently houses recently repatriated Eritrean-trained soldiers who have returned to Somalia.
Addressing the newly graduated soldiers, President Mohamud emphasized that the Somali government would continue its efforts to liberate the country from al-Shabaab. He instructed the forces to maintain the army’s behaviour and laws to ensure the Somali people’s confidence.
“Our enemy is the Khawarij, an international threat. We are fighting this enemy at the forefront and will use whatever resources and help is available to get these Khawarij men out of the country. We want a Somalia free of Khawarij,” said President Hassan Sheikh.
The Somali government did not disclose the number of troops or the specific region to which they will deploy, but reports indicate that the troops will go to Galmudug state.
President Mohamud reiterated that his government is running two plans simultaneously: one to destroy al-Shabaab and another to rebuild the armed forces of Somalia.
President Mohamud made two trips to Eritrea in 2021 to facilitate the repatriation of the recruits. The first Eritrean-trained soldiers arrived at Mogadishu’s Aden Adde International Airport on December 21. However, the Somali government has not confirmed the exact number of repatriated soldiers.