Friday, November 25, 2011

Kenya enters security pact with Israel: Did Kenya get in over her head taking on Al-Shabaab?

Kenya enters security pact with Israel: Israel has offered to help Kenya secure its borders as it tackles Somalia's Islamist group, al-Shabab, the Kenyan prime minister's office has said.It said Kenya got the backing of Israel to "rid its territory of fundamentalist elements"

Reports: Ethiopian Troops Enter Somalia:Residents say a large number of Ethiopian troops have crossed into neighboring Somalia, just weeks after Kenyan forces entered the country to pursue al-Shabab militants. The African Union has also said Ethiopian forces may join its peacekeepers fighting al-Shabab.

Kenya Asks Arab World for Support in Somalia: Kenya Asks Arab World for Support in Somalia: Kenya is calling for more support from the Arab world to help secure Somalia as Kenyan troops continue their pursuit of al-Shabab militants in the country. And the Kenyan military says it has shifted its tactics in the fight to help make way for humanitarian assistance. The Kenyan military says it has shifted tactics in the fight against al-Shabab. After weeks of aerial bombardments, the military says al-Shabab has now splintered into smaller factions, and so Kenyan forces have also started working on a smaller scale.

Just recently: Kenya and Somalia want more military help against Al-Shabaab from the United States and NATO

Kenya, Somalia look for international help to fight Al Shabab: At a meeting in Nairobi, Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali of the Somali Transitional Federal Government asked for international naval support to blockade the Al Shabab-controlled port town of Kismayo in Somalia, reports The New York Times. The Islamist organization is thought to get as much as half of its income from businesses in Kismayo, CNN reports, citing United Nations estimates.

Though Kenya and Somalia's joint appeal for aid did not single out any specific countries or organizations, the Times writes that a Somali spokesman said that his country would be interested in help from NATO, which just ended its Libya operations. And a Kenyan official said that the two countries had already approached the US and European nations for assistance. We are helping them already, they mean they want more help! I do agree we should do it. Hit them in the wallet now as should have been the first thing done not the last.

The US military has already begun flying drone aircraft from a base in Ethiopia, as part of its fight against Islamist militants in neighboring Somalia. Their role is surveillance of the al-Shabab militant group - based in Somalia, and already the focus of drone missions flown from other bases in the region.

Maj. Emmanuel Chirchir, said that the United States or France, or possibly both, had stepped up airstrikes 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 rapidly closing in on Al Shabab? Al Shabab was offered Amnesty about a month ago and they better take it while they can?

We are supposedly winding down in Iraq and Afghanistan and officially called a successful end to our military involvement in Libya

so I guess an upcoming war with Iran is not enough we now have to try to "cleanse" Africa of terrorists. WTF? I see no end but still just the beginning of a "war" against radical Islam that will go on for many generations unless the extremists call an end to it as they can but never will. So? Kenya seems to have gotten in over their head the same way the rest of the world the extremists are against did. What to do but keep fighting.

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

1 comment:

Demeur said...

A coworker from Eritrea predicted as much when he told me these things this past summer. Expect influences in Sudan as well. He mentioned that Ethiopia had been a very peaceful place until the Saudis came in and started stirring things up several years ago. He fled the country when Ethiopia and Eritrea were at war. The U.S. was paying Ethiopian soldiers to move into Somalia. The biggest problem is that the U.S. government just can not stand a country with an islamic government. So now we have one more time proxy wars.