Somali soldiers patrol on the scene of the explosion of a truck bomb in the centre of Mogadishu, on October 15, 2017. AFP / Mohamed ABDIWAHAB
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Somalia has disbanded a United Arab Emirates program to train some of its troops in a fresh sign that a dispute in the Gulf involving Qatar is spilling into the volatile country in the Horn of Africa. The government will take over paying and training the soldiers in the program, Defense Minister Mohamed Mursal Abdirahman told Somalia's state news agency SONNA Wednesday.Arab states have strong trading links with and influence in Somalia, but that is offset by the sway of Qatar and its ally Turkey, one of Somalia's biggest foreign investors.Somalia's government has dismissed such reports.Somalia has lacked a strong central government since 1991 .
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