Puntland Dervish Force

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Ciidamada Daraawiishta Puntland
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Active 1998-present


Type Law enforcement, Counter-Terrorism
Role Law Enforcement, Counter-insurgency Internal Security
Size 10,000
Garrison/HQ Garowe
Engagements War in Somalia (2006–2009)
Galgala Campaign
General Said Dheere
Colonel Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed
General Abdullahi Ali Mire

The Puntland Dervish Force (Somali: Ciidamada Daraawiishta Puntland, Arabic: أرض البنطبونتلاند فرقة الدراويش‎‎ ) is the official paramilitary division of the Puntland Security Force.[1]


Following the outbreak of the civil war in 1991, a homegrown constitutional conference was held in Garowe in 1998 over a period of three months. Attended by the area's political elite, traditional elders (Issims), members of the business community, intellectuals and other civil society representatives, the autonomous Puntland State of Somalia was subsequently officially established so as to deliver services to the population, offer security, facilitate trade, and interact with both domestic and international partners.[2] The Puntland Security Force (PSF) was subsequently formed by the regional government.[3]

Since the founding of the state in 1998, the Puntland Dervish Force has operated in Puntland and throughout Somalia. Commanders and senior officials of the military are appointed by a qualified panel approved by the Council of Ministers.[3]

The Puntland security apparatus has an independent military judiciary, which during peace time only adjudges military proceedings. Retired members of the Force are also constitutionally guaranteed pensions.[3]


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