Dahir Adan Elmi

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Dahir Adan Elmi
ضاهر عدن علمي
Allegiance Somalia Federal Government of Somalia
Service/branch Somali National Army
Rank General
Commands held Chief of Army
Awards Gold Medal for Bravery and Service[1]

General Dahir Adan Elmi (Somali: Daahir Aadan Cilmi, Arabic: ضاهر عدن علمي‎), also known as Dahir Aden Indha Qarshe, is a Somali military official. He served as the Chief of Army of the Somali Armed Forces from March 2013 to June 2014.


Ogaden campaign[edit]

Under the command of Col. Ali Hussein, Elmi led armored Somali National Army (SNA) battalions in the Qabri Dahare Front during the late 1970s Ogaden campaign.[2] Qabri Dahare was the second city to fall during the offensive. The war was part of a broader SNA plan to unite all of the Somali-inhabited territories in the Horn region into a Greater Somalia (Soomaaliweyn).[3]

Upon successful capture of Qabri Dahare in July 1977, the then Major Dahir Aden Indha Qarshe continued to be part of important northern fronts leading armored battalions in the Northern Front under the command of the 26th Division.[4]

Chief of Army[edit]

On 13 March 2013, Elmi was appointed Chief of Army at a transfer ceremony in Mogadishu, where he replaced General Abdulkadir Sheikh Dini. Abdirisaq Khalif Hussein served as Elmi's Deputy Army Chief.[5]

Elmi's term as Chief of Army ended on 25 June 2014, when he and his deputy General Hussein were transferred by presidential decree to other positions. The shuffle was part of a larger major national security reform. Elmi was succeeded as Chief of Army by General Abdullahi Anod, the former commander of the presidential guard unit, with General Abdullahi Osman Agey concurrently appointed as the new Deputy Chief of Army.[6]


  1. ^ AMISOM Review. Jan 2014. p. 17. 
  2. ^ Ahmed III, Abdul. "Brothers in Arms Part II". WardheerNews. Retrieved 17 March 2013. .
  3. ^ Lewis, I.M.; The Royal African Society (October 1989). "The Ogaden and the Fragility of Somali Segmentary Nationalism". African Affairs 88 (353). Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Ahmed III, Abdul. "Brothers in Arms Part II". WardheerNews. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Somalia changes its top military commanders". Shabelle Media Network. 13 March 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "SOMALIA: President Mohamud fires senior military commanders". Raxanreeb. 25 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014.