General Tahrir: Most Eritrean-trained soldiers have returned to Somalia
Mogadishu, Somalia – Nearly all of the Somali soldiers trained in Eritrea have successfully returned to the country just weeks after President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud confirmed that the army would join the rest of the forces in the ongoing operation against al-Shabaab. A senior military official confirmed that he had been repatriated to .
In a video shared by Villa Somalia, President Hassan Sheikh claimed that the country would ensure the return of all troops by the end of January 2023, and their skills would eventually reach the provincial central districts. It would help stamp out extremist groups that control large swaths of the country. and southern Somalia.
General Mohamed Tahlil Bihi, commander of the Somali National Army, while addressing some infantry units in Run-Nurgod [SNA] The Army noted that most of the soldiers have since returned home and joined the ongoing attacks against al-Shabaab extortionists.
“The spirit of patriotism should always guide us,” he said. “There is a general duty to protect civilians from these enemies that have derailed Somalia for the past 30 years. It is done.”
He added: Defend your country from these enemies who are harassing people. ”
The general said that with the help of international partners, the army had succeeded in taking several towns from al-Shabaab. asked to make sacrifices to
In 2019, about 5,000 Somali youth were sent to Eritrea for clandestine training, leading to complaints from their families. The family later revealed that the group had promised to be taken on three separate occasions, taken to Qatar for training, and eventually to a Red Sea country.
Somalia and Ethiopia have denied allegations that military trainees were smuggled into Ethiopia’s Tigray region and committed genocide. It claimed to be stationed in the town of Aksum, north of Tigray.
The country is expected to win the war against al-Shabaab in the coming months as new forces are about to join the front lines. Indeed, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud had said the country would be liberated from al-Shabaab terrorists in about three months.