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The U.S. government resumes direct assistance to the Somali National Army

Mogadishu(SONNA) The U.S. government this week restarted assistance to the Somali National Armed Forces (SNAF) in support of the military operations in parts of the country against the extremist groups, kicking off with the construction of a logistics base for the Somali National Armed Forces operating in Lower Shabelle.

The base will be the first SNA logistics hub outside of Mogadishu and will help ease logistical challenges faced by SNA troops operating in regions outside the capital. Moreover, the rollout is part of the overall strategies aimed at stabilising the nation.

The resumption of the U.S. security assistance to the Somali forces came as a result of the succesful government reforms to SNA, such as the launch of the modern biometric registration of members of the Army which has contributed to the mitigation of corruption and other malpractices, said Somalias Minister of Defense, H.E. Hassan Ali Mohamed.

Following robust and dedicated efforts, we have managed to combat graft within the army, resulting in the re-gaining of trust from our international partners and as well the identification of the types of support we needed, added the minister.

The minister further asserted: Thanks to the reforms and improvement of the quality of our troops, SNA is now proudly at a stage it has regained its glory and can be likened to the national troops of other governments. They will be able to successfully launch decisive offensives against the terrorists who are hell-bent on undermining peace and stability of this country.

The U.S. government suspended the direct security assistance to the SNA in 2017, but thanks to intensified efforts and commitment from the government, the challenges were addressed, hence the resumption of U.S. military support to SNA.

Source: Somali National News Agency