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The Spaniards ready to take over at the head of EUTM Somalia

The 5 Spanish soldiers of the EUTM Somalia mission, deployed in Mogadishu (Credits: mde.es)
The 5 Spanish soldiers of the EUTM Somalia mission, deployed in Mogadishu (Credits: mde.es)

(BRUSSELS2) The Spaniards are ready to take over command at the head of the Somali army training mission (EUTM Somalia). The current general in charge, the Irishman Gerald Aherne, should be relieved next March by an Italian general according to our information. And the Spaniards would then take over, as our Spanish colleagues from El Pais. There are currently about fifteen Spanish soldiers in the mission, including five in Mogadishu. The staff could reach 50 with the assumption of command in a year.

Strong Spanish contribution from the start

The Spaniards had assumed command from the start of the mission in April 2010, with Colonel Ricardo González Elul before handing over to the Irish; Spain then gave a leadership role to the mission, sending 38 men out of around 150 at the time.


The mission is due to move to Mogadishu by the end of the year. A vanguard contingent is present on site to prepare for this trip. Work is underway in the camp. But they are behind schedule. And the move could then be delayed by a few weeks.

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Leonor Hubaut

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