Homeland Security Today: ‘Soft-Power’ Counterterrorism: Turkey’s Military Presence in Somalia and Tactical and Operational Implications for Al-Shabaab

Homeland Security Today: ‘Soft-Power’ Counterterrorism: Turkey’s Military Presence in Somalia and Tactical and Operational Implications for Al-Shabaab

The Turkey-Somalia partnership grew amid Somalia’s devastating humanitarian crisis in 2011. The then formed Turkey-Somalia partnership forged under the banner of humanitarian initiative eventually morphed into a nation-building project, which involved supporting Somalia in building roads, hospitals, educational institutions, and providing other forms of economic support. While Turkey remains on an economic development and nation-building trajectory in Somalia, it has also heavily invested in strengthening Somali military capacities to confront the threat of terrorism in the country. To demonstrate, through trainings held both in Turkey and Somalia, Turkey has to date trained close to 1,500 Somali soldiers out of its 10,000 commitment, working in tandem with the central Somali government to reduce Somali military dependence on the African Union (AU) troops and sustain combat efficiency in the long run. In addition, Turkey is building and training the nation’s air force, deemed a crucial military component in the fight against al Shabaab and other terrorist organizations.

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Homeland Security Today: ‘Soft-Power’ Counterterrorism: Turkey’s Military Presence in Somalia and Tactical and Operational Implications for Al-Shabaab
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