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    THis is from the Irish Times today.

    Meanwhile, five soldiers from the Irish Army are part of an EU force training 2,000 Somali government soldiers in Uganda, as part of an effort to strengthen the transitional federal government’s ability to fight Islamist insurgents. The recruits are being trained in Bihanga in the west of Uganda to become noncommissioned officers.

    “It is very challenging but very rewarding work” said Comdt Ronan Corcoran, protocol officer at EU Training Mission Somalia. Giving orders in English, which then had to be translated by a Kenyan colleague into Somali Arabic, was one of the biggest difficulties faced by the training force, he said.

    However, Irish soldiers had to jump over their own linguistic hurdles from time to time to get their own message across: “Of the five Irish guys, two of them are from Cork,” said the Kerryman.

    “So their English isn’t up to scratch either.”

  • #2
    Rich coming from a Kerry man from the whhhheeesssst!
    "The Question is not: how far you will take this? The Question is do you possess the constitution to go as far as is needed?"


    • #3
      thanks for posting tim
      I knew a simple soldier boy.....
      Who grinned at life in empty joy,
      Slept soundly through the lonesome dark,
      And whistled early with the lark.

      In winter trenches, cowed and glum,
      With crumps and lice and lack of rum,
      He put a bullet through his brain.
      And no one spoke of him again.

      You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye
      Who cheer when soldier lads march by,
      Sneak home and pray you'll never know
      The hell where youth and laughter go.


      • #4
        From The Irish Independent:

        Irish troops training Somalis to fight pirates

        Thursday July 01 2010

        IRISH troops are training 2,000 soldiers to help fight Somali pirates who have plagued international shipping using the Suez Canal .

        The five Irish soldiers, who include a member of the Army Rangers, are giving the Somali troops the skills to fight effectively. They are carrying out the training at an army base in Uganda -- which is considered safer than war-torn Somalia.

        The EU training mission for Somali forces was set up following a decision earlier this year to make the commitment as part of the security and defence policy brought in under the Lisbon Treaty. It is the first time the existence of the mission, which began in February, has been publicly revealed.

        Commandant Ronan Corcoran said one of the key aims was to improve the fighting skills of the troops so they could tackle the activities of Somali pirates on land.

        "Until there is security on the ground, they can't be security at sea because these pirates have to come back into ports," he said.

        EU-NAVFOR, the European Union Naval Force, is protecting shipping off the coast of Somalia from piracy. The Somali troops are being taught how use AK-47 assault rifles in built-up areas and how to counter improvised explosive devices.

        - Michael Brennan in Karamoja, Uganda

        Irish Independent


        • #5
          i found this pic from Uganda:

          those Irish pubs get everywhere!

          ...Once a Rifleman - Always a Rifleman... Celer et Audax

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