Turkey to establish military base in Somalia


The Turkish Government is reportedly planning to build a military base in Somalia, to train African soldiers against regional extremist groups.

The proposed base has been approved by the UN, and will be Turkey's second military base establishment abroad.

The base is expected to be built in the capital city of Mogadishu in the African Horn.

"This military training centre will also be an important base to provide military training to all of Africa."

Turkish Foreign Ministry official Emil Tekin was quoted by Daily Sabah as saying: "This military training centre will also be an important base to provide military training to all of Africa."

Media reports have emerged about the two governments signing agreements on training 1,500 Somali troops by 200 Turkish military personnel.

Additionally, Turkey plans to build a military school in Africa to train both formal and non-commissioned officers.

The base would play an important role at a time when there has been a raise in militant attacks in the region.

Last week, militant group Al-Shabaab, which is aligned with al Qaeda, attacked an African Union (AU) base in Somalia, killing an undisclosed number of Kenyan troops.

Last month, Turkey announced plans to build an air base in Qatar following a defence cooperation agreement signed between the countries in 2014.

The agreement grants Qatar the option to set up its own base in Turkey, reported Reuters.

The Turkish base in Qatar will primarily serve as a site for joint training exercises.

Qatar already holds the largest US air base in the Middle East, Al Udeid, with over 10,000 military personnel stationed.