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Mohamed Abshir Muse
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Native name محاميد أبشير موسى
Allegiance  Somalia
Service/branch Flag of the Somali Police Force Somali National Police Force
Years of service 1940s-1970s
Rank General
Commands held Somali Police Force

Mohamed Abshir Muse (Somali language: Maxamed Abshir Muuse , Arabic language: محاميد أبشير موسى‎), also known as Mahamed Abshir Musa, is a prominent Somali General and the first Commander of the Somali Police Force.[1]

Early years[edit | edit source]

Abshir Muse was born to a Majeerteen Darod family and received training from the Carabinieri, Italy's national gendarmerie.[2]

Military and police career[edit | edit source]

Muse worked his way up to become a commandant in the Somali Defence forces from 1958 to 1960 and then opted to join the Somali Police Force upon its inception and commanded the force for 9 years till the military coup of 1969.[3]

General Muse was sacked in 1969 by the incoming dictator Siad Barre and jailed for speaking out against the regime.[4] He later on became the leader of the SSDF's political wing while Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed led the armed wing from 1991 to 1998. There was a leadership struggle between the two parties, with Abdullahi Yusuf garnering the support of former military officials and Mohamed Abshir Muse the support from politicians associated with the civilian government of the 1960s.[5][6]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jama, Hassan Ali (2005). Who cares about Somalia : Hassan's ordeal reflections on a nation's future (1. ed. ed.). Berlin: Schiler. ISBN 3-89930-075-0. 
  2. Mohamed, Hassan. "The Puntland Experience". RadioDaljir. http://www.radiodaljir.com/audio/docs/ipThePuntlandExperience.pdf. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  3. http://www.biyokulule.com/Somali%20Manifesto%20I.htm
  4. Yahya, Mahamud M. "In Siyaad Barre’s Prison: A Brief Recollection". Macalester College. http://digitalcommons.macalester.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1046&context=bildhaan&sei-redir=1&referer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.co.uk%2Fsearch%3Fix%3Dseb%26sourceid%3Dchrome%26ie%3DUTF-8%26q%3DGeneral%2BMohamed%2BAbshir%2BMuse#search=%22General%20Mohamed%20Abshir%20Muse%22. 
  5. Rubin, edited by Barry (2010). Guide to Islamist movements. Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe. ISBN 0-7656-1747-1. 
  6. Mohamed, Hassan. "The Puntland Experience". RadioDaljir. http://www.radiodaljir.com/audio/docs/ipThePuntlandExperience.pdf. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 

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