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Kenya forces to push into Somalia

2011-12-13 21:20

Ras Kamboni - Kenyan troops and their Somali allies say they will push deeper into insurgent-controlled territory in Somalia now that rains have stopped.

Mohamed Ibrahim Farah, the spokesperson for a Kenyan-allied Somali militia at Somalia's southern tip, said on Tuesday that troops would move within the week.

A Somali militia that was partly trained and funded by Kenya captured the ramshackle town of Ras Kamboni about a month ago after al-Shabab insurgents withdrew.

Kenyan Major Seif Said Rashid said the local population urgently needs humanitarian aid after the country was affected by drought and famine.

Kenya crossed the border into Somalia in an offensive against al-Shabab in October after Somali gunmen carried out several kidnappings, including of four Europeans, in Kenya.

Comments
  • Mpho - 2011-12-13 22:00

    i'm astounded that these poor countries that rely so heavily on aid have the money to do this? makes you wonder what is really afoot!

  • Sir.Kenfish - 2011-12-14 09:22

    @Mpho Kenya relies less than 10% on all forms of external aid, Kenya is fighting Al shabaab because they live next door in Somalia and have caused untold misery and economic doom to east Africa's biggest economy. I must also add that Kenya appropriated Kenya shillings 100 Billion (USD 1.2B) for this fight (some estimates put US help at an additional USD 750 Mil in training and some military hardware e.g. drones). Don't be foolish, try visiting other countries to learn how beautiful and well endowed they are.

      jowza1 - 2011-12-14 09:33

      well endowed?

  • Garth - 2011-12-14 09:39

    `A Somali militia . . . captured the ramshackle town of Ras Kamboni about a month ago after al-Shabab insurgents withdrew.': reminds one of the fight for independence in Mozambique during the late 60s and early 70s when the Portuguese air force would fly over Frelimo bases the day before they attacked them, giving the Frelimo fighters one day's notice and the chance to evacuate. Then the Portuguese colonial forces proclaimed another victory to their masters at home. Anyway, all that I really wish to say is `Go Kenya! Rid that beautiful part of the world of this evil of all evils.'

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