Kenyan Defence Forces Attack Somalia's Al Shabaab

Kenyan Defence Forces Attack Somalia's Al Shabaab

Kenya is a relatively peaceful country except for some internal conflicts like the Post Election Violence that took place during the 2007 general elections. But of late Kenya military forces have been deployed in war torn Somalia to hunt down Al shabaab insurgents, in a mission dubbed ‘operation linda nchi’ (operation protect the country).

Kenya has in the past restrained itself from attacking Somalia despite continued provocation. But now it seems to have been pushed to the edge of the cliff by the Al shabaab militia, forcing it to react in an unprecedented way in order to protect its territory and citizens. The military incursion actually happened after a number of provocations like the kidnapping of foreign tourists from Kenya’s port city Lamu and also the kidnapping of aid workers at Dadaab refugee camp, one of the largest refugee camps in the world.

Kenyan Attack Helicopters

Kenyan Attack Helicopters
Kenyan Attack Helicopters

Kenya Defence Forces in Somalia

The Kenyan defense forces intend to capture all towns being occupied by Al shabaab and see to it that the militia is crushed. The forces are working hand in hand with the Somalia government and Transitional Federal Government (TFG).

Somalia has gone through hell with many years of civil war that has seen millions killed, maimed and others displaced. There are more than half a million refugees in Kenya camping at Dadaab. These are the remnants of continued internal conflicts thanks to lack of a central government since the outbreak of the Somali civil war in 1991.

Will There be Peace in Somalia?

Many people are asking themselves, will there be peace in Somalia even after driving out the self seeking Al shabaab insurgents? Will there be a stable government in Somalia? Will the more than half a million refugees camping in Kenya be able to go back home and start their normal life?

We don’t have to despair, we should be hopeful and optimistic that very soon; peace and tranquility will be restored in Somalia. Most of the African leaders have failed this great content by their greedy and corrupt acts.

In the past there have been too many wars, too many conflicts, and the aftermath is always death and destruction. It will do us good we as leaders or even subjects to support peace initiatives in Somalia and also the rest of the world where there are conflicts and human suffering.

KDF Soldiers at Kismayu

KDF soldiers at Kismayu
KDF soldiers at Kismayu | Source

There is Need for Good Leadership in Africa

In Africa, there have been many conflicts, like in Libya, Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan and many other countries. These conflicts can be stopped if there is good leadership. Sadly, this is what we are lacking in Africa.

The African people should wake up and start vetting their leaders, doing away with inciters and war like leaders, throwing the corrupt ones in jail to rot there. The Africans should also take the responsibility of solving the problems they create rather than depending on the western powers for solutions.

All in all, let us pray that there will be peace in Somalia; that the fighters will drop their weapons and start building their own nation. The millions who are suffering there need your prayers today and any other help you may offer.

Al Shabaab Retaliates on Innocent Kenyans

Now, as a result of this offensive, the Al Shabaab militia has been attacking the peace loving Kenyan citizens with grenades in the city and parts of Garissa. The latest attack is where four grenades were thrown from a moving vehicle into the busy Machakos Country Bus Station also known as Machakos Airport. Six people were killed and fifty three others left nursing injuries. Despite these cowardly attacks, the Kenyan Government is determined to continue waging its war against terrorism.

Kenya Defence Forces Images

KDF soldiers heading to Kismayu port
KDF soldiers heading to Kismayu port | Source

The Fall of Kismayu

Update, Sep 28 2012

The Kenyan Defence Forces (KDF) troops capturedKismayu, the Southern Somali port on Friday 28th September 2012 almost one year after the battle to liberate Somalia from the Al Shabaab militant group started. The operations officer in charge of information at KDF Col Cyrus Oguna said there had been minimal resistance as the troops entered the last stronghold of the ragtag militants.

Al Shabaab militants expected and were prepared for a land invasion but they were duped by KDF who made an amphibious landing from the sea. The operation to capture Kismayu was codenamed Operation Sledgehammer.

Kenya Air Force (KAF) using F-5 fighter jets had been bombing strategic Al Shabaab points. There was also heavy shelling from Navy ships situated in the Indian Ocean. As this was going on, Kenya army troops were landing in the city of Kismayu at the middle of the night.

The Kenyan troops deserve a part on the back for their bravely and well fought battle to protect their country. There is a high chance of restoring peace in the war torn country where millions have suffered terribly.

The Fall of Kismayu

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Patkay 3 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya Author

natarie j, at least peace is returning slowly into the war torn country. May God give them peace and stability.


natarie j 3 years ago

am always concerned of anything that revolves around kismayu.thanks for the update


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Patkay 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya Author

Thanks maoroelvis. Wish you the best on your online business.


maoroelvis 4 years ago from Nairobi

i love this pat...it is long, i now moved into my personal online business


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Patkay 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya Author

A proud east AFRICAN, I agree with you 100%. Now that Kismayu has fallen. I wish there will be peace all around in Somalia and the neighbours.


A proud east AFRICAN 4 years ago

May peace come to All of east africa :) Hail Kenya, Hail Somalia :)


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Patkay 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya Author

Thanks Nick for you good prayer. If people of the world were pursuing, then the world would be so good today. Thanks for your time.


Nick 4 years ago

Hi Patkay. I found the article very informative. I second WD Curry. I haven't heard much of this from mainstream American news. I hope for peace in Somalia and also for religious coexistence.


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Patkay 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya Author

Well spoken Taalib Pugh1. What we need mostly is peace in the whole world. Then everything else will be okay. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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Taalib Pugh1 4 years ago from Wilkes Barre Pa

As the world around us is changing for the worst. There is not much we can do. ALLAAH (God) has the full total infinite control over mankinds existence period. As you can see you cannot trust in man anymore. We can only trust in Him only ALLAAH (God) knows best what will happen.


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Patkay 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya Author

WD Curry 111, you have answered him well. Thanks a lot. They should know that Kenya does not kill or invade other countries to kill innocent civilians. They should not have provoked us first. I mean, they should have kept their fight to their own territory.


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Patkay 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya Author

@ Hamza, if Somali's Al shaabab had not kept on invading Kenya, I am very sure at this moment our soldiers would be basking in the barracks making jokes, but not trying to bring sanity in that lawless country.


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WD Curry 111 4 years ago from Space Coast

Hamza - Somalia doesn't need Kenya to kill civilians. They butcher their own. Let's work toward peace. We all need to be able to share and share alike. Look for friends, not enemies.


Hamza 4 years ago

Kenya force attacking tha inoccen civilian


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Patkay 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya Author

@ Rina, I totally agree with you. Our territory protection is very important. We also need peace within and outside the country.


Rina 4 years ago

Surely as kenyans we need peace, and also we have right to protect our country from enemies.


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Patkay 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya Author

I agree with you KIPLIMO EMMANUEL. But in one way or the other, we must protect our terittory. Thanks for reading and sharing your views.


KIPLIMO EMMANUEL 4 years ago

but fighting alshaabab is not cost effective since da money used in operation is expensive compared to foreign earnings in Tourism


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Patkay 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya Author

I agree with you GILBERT KIPROP, we should pray for our soldiers as they battle these criminals.


GILBERT KIPROP 4 years ago

RABII AWE NANYI ASKARI WETU WA KENYA.


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Patkay 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya Author

Thanks obeid, we really need peace between the two countries.


obeid 5 years ago

well done our neighbour country,you should supposed to protect your country against the pirates al shaabab.keep it up


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Patkay 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya Author

I agree with you WD Curry 111.


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WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

Patkay . . . There is a lot of that going around.


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Patkay 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya Author

@WD Curry 111, the obstacles you mentioned above are very much entrenched in our African leaders. I wish they could learn to respect fellow human beings.


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WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

We all need peace. Selfish ambition, pride, and ignorance are the only obstacles.


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Patkay 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya Author

Thanks WD Curry 111, for reading, commenting and agreeing to join hands in prayer for the Somalis. They really need peace very much.


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WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

Thank you for bringing us the news. American news may be free to say what they want, but you have to wonder about what they want to say. It is rewarding to hear the "down and dirty" report of events that should be a major concern to everyone. I admire your tenacity and this brilliant work. I will join your prayer.


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Patkay 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya Author

@ lucy patrick, thanks for going through the hub. Let us all pray for peace and unity in our neighboring countries.


lucy patrick 5 years ago

i hope patkay there will be peace in Somali

and Al shabaab will all be dead.


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Patkay 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya Author

Thanks kenyaentrepreneur. It is true we are only fighting the militia and we hope that everlasting peace will prevail in this war torn country. I have tweaked the heading a bit to make people get the real picture.


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Patkay 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya Author

@ Brooke Lorren, thanks for reading and commenting. These are the hot news in the East African region.


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kenyaentrepreneur 5 years ago from All Over

A point of corection patkay, kenya is in fact in war with the alshabaab militia but not the government and people of somalia in any way. may be you should consider altering the title of the hub. but anyway thanks for the updates.


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Brooke Lorren 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

Thanks for the report. I don't hear much news about this area.

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