Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Kenya military join fight against Al Shabab with help from the US and France in Somalia
The Kenya military has been ordered into action to stop al Shabab militia from further threatening the country's security and economy.At a press briefing on Saturday, the country's top security chiefs declared war on the terrorist organization operating from Somalia and said Kenyan security forces will henceforth pursue the aggressors across the border.
Kenyan troops have crossed the border into war-torn Somalia to attack Islamist al-Shabab rebels they accuse of being behind several recent kidnappings of foreigners. "We have crossed into Somalia in pursuit of al-Shahab, who are responsible for the kidnappings and attacks on our country," government spokesman Alfred Matua said on Sunday.
Kenya's military is said to be the most professional in Africa but they have never been deployed in a war situation in the region and this will be the first time they will go after foreign combatants who have threatened Kenya's territorial integrity. The more the merrier!
Maj. Emmanuel Chirchir, said that the United States or France, or possibly both, had stepped up airstrikes in the past few days, killing a number of Shabab militants. The French Navy has also shelled rebel positions from the sea, Kenyan officials said.The United States and France have not confirmed involvement in Somalia.
If Western military powers have indeed joined the conflict, analysts said, it could mark a turning point against the Shabab, a ruthless militant group that has pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda. It controls much of southern Somalia, though its young fighters and battered pick-up trucks are deemed no match for a sophisticated army.
The world is closing in on Al Shabab I am happy to say. Al Shabab was offered Amnesty about a month ago and they better take it while they can.
Somalia's government has offered an open amnesty to al-Shabab fighters after the rebels made a surprise withdrawal from the capital, Mogadishu, over the weekend."We offer an amnesty - put down your weapons and your guns, and come and join the people and your society," Abdirahman Osman, a government spokesman, was quoted as saying by the AFP news agency on Tuesday."For those who have been misled by the senior commanders, now is the time to end the war
You may remember Somalia has a new militia faction that is about the only group in the country to go against the al-Shabab and win. The Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jama - followers of Sufism or mystical Islam - are mostly volunteering students who say they have no political ambitions beyond expelling al-Shabab from the capital, one district at a time. Time to put them in overdrive as you will agree. Don't forget the Al Shabab killers Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jamma
President Obama said Friday that he had ordered the deployment of 100 armed military advisers to central Africa to help regional forces combat the Lord’s Resistance Army, a notorious renegade group that has terrorized villagers in at least four countries with marauding bands that kill, rape, maim and kidnap with impunity. “For more than two decades, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has murdered, raped and kidnapped tens of thousands of men, women and children in central Africa,” Mr. Obama wrote in a letter to Congress announcing the military deployment. “The LRA continues to commit atrocities across the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan that have a disproportionate impact on regional security.” We are supposedly winding down in Iraq and Afghanistan so I guess an upcoming war with Iran is not enough we now have to try to "cleans" Africa of terrorists. WTF?
In his first reaction to US charges that Iran was involved in a plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Sunday that not Iran but the United States were terrorists.'(The culture of) terrorism belongs to you,' I am afraid at this point that I agree with the mad man but WTF are we that are being lied to going to do?