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A new batch at EUTM

(credit: EUTM Somalia, November 2011)

(BRUSSELS2, exclusive) Silently, the deployed European Somali Soldier Training Mission (EUTM) continues its work. A formation of 626 soldiers and 40 Somali NCOs starts in Uganda on 21 November. They have all arrived - or are about to arrive - at Bihanga camp in western Uganda. Objective of the Europeans: to train and train 4 companies, with well-identified specialties (medical support, mine clearance, transmissions, etc.) which can be at work in the second part of 2. For the first time, we are delighted at the command from EUTM, there are men from Puntland and Galmudug, not just Mogadishu. This is encouraging for the future, underlines the experts of the file. On the other hand, none or very few men from Somaliland. This region of northern Somalia is increasingly choosing the path of independence from the central government.

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Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).