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War in Southern Somalia:Kenyan military vows to continue operation against Al- Shabaab + Related News

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Laaska News  Nov. 3 ,2011
Warned residents:Maj Chirchir also warned the residents of 10 towns in Somalia via Twitter of “imminent” air raids”

Maj Chirchir also warned the residents of 10 towns in Somalia via Twitter of
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NAIROBI, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) — Kenya’s military said it would push ahead with its advances into southern Somalia despite confirmations of arms shipment in support of Al-Shabaab.

Military spokesman Major Emmanuel Chirchir said the troops will continue to launch major offensive against the insurgents blamed for a series of abductions in Kenya and who were receiving arms from unknown place. “We are well prepared for a major offensive against Al-Shabaab. The deliveries of arms will not deter us from moving ahead with our mission,” Chirchir said on Wednesday.

Speaking on a local radio station, Chirchir reiterated his Tuesday warning that air strikes against the Somali militia targets were imminent to prevent the weapons reaching militant bases. “Today morning we have heard positive confirmation that there was another landing of aircraft with weapons. This was delivered in areas around Baidoa. We are aware two other planes landed there yesterday (Tuesday),” the army spokesman told the station.

He vowed that their troops are well equipped and will continue pushing forward and ensure that liberated areas are occupied by the Transitional Government of Somalia soldiers.

The military spokesman said Kenya was keenly tracing the armaments delivered to Al-Shabaab militants as part of Kenya’s strategy to “weaken the enemy.”

The Kenya Defense Forces said two aircraft carrying the arms landed in the Al-Shabaab controlled town of Baidoa on Tuesday with the ultimate aim of launching attacks against Kenyan troops.

The military advised residents of the 10 towns, namely Baidoa, Baadheere, Baydhabo, Dinsur, Afgooye, Bu’ale, Barawe, Jilib, Kismayu and Afamadow, to avoid any contact with the militants so that they are not endangered in case of attacks. “On November 1, 2011, we reliably confirmed that two aircraft landed in Baidoa with arms.”

However, Chirchir did not indicate who delivered the weapons, but local media reports put the blame on Eritrea.

But Eritrea on Wednesday denied media reports that it sent two planes loaded with weapons to Al-Shabaab militants in southern Somalia.

Eritrea’s Foreign Ministry released a statement Wednesday calling the accusations “pure fabrication and outright lies.”

The ministry denied that it has supplied weapons to the al- Qaeda-linked group and claimed the reports were part of a “disinformation campaign” to undermine Eritrea.

Chirchir said the Kenyan troops are adequately prepared for the major offensive and will strike Al-Shabaab targets as planned. “We have all it takes and what is required in the battlefield, we will hit the targets as planned but at this point we are concentrating on how to disarm the enemy,” Chirchir said.

He said Kenya was tracking two consignments of weapons destined for Al-Shabaab that had been flown into Somalia in the past two days, and would strike any rebel bases where the arms were delivered.

Chirchir said that towns stretching from Baidoa south to the port city of Kismayo will be “under attack continuously.” He added that “our forces are safe, our mission is on course, the enemy is on the run.”

Al-Shabaab, which is linked to al-Qaeda, is locked in a battle with the weak UN-back interim government for control of the parts of the country which are currently outside its power, particularly the capital, Mogadishu.

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Warned residents

On Tuesday, the Kenyan military warned residents of 10 towns, namely, Baidoa, Baadheere, Baydhabo, Dinsur, Afgooye, Bwale, Barawe, Jilib, Kismayu and Afmadow not to go near Al-Shabaab bases because it would strike them to destroy the weapons.

On Wednesday, there were reports that fear had gripped residents of the towns in southern Somalia.

Media reports quoted residents of Baadheere, Kismayu, Baidoa and Afmadow saying many people planned to flee to the bush or to Kenya to escape the imminent attacks.

 

 

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Kenyan forces repulse attack by Al shabaab

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Maj Chirchir also warned the residents of 10 towns in Somalia via Twitter of

By:BBC/Lilian Mwendo, Nov 02, 2011

 
Somalia’s transitional government has said its forces, backed by Kenyan troops, have repulsed an attack by Islamist al-Shabab insurgents.

A Somali military spokesman told the BBC that they killed 36 insurgents in a counter-attack in the south.

But an al-Shabab commander said the militia had destroyed Kenyan military trucks and inflicted heavy casualties.

Kenya sent troops into Somalia last month to pursue militants it accuses of kidnapping foreigners on Kenyan soil.

Al-Shabab, which is in control of most of southern Somalia, denies the allegations.

An al-Shabab regional commander Sheik Mohamed Ibrahim said a Kenyan military convoy had been ambushed on the road from the border town of Liboi to Kenyan forward troop positions inside Somalia.

“The mujahideen fighters destroyed several of the military trucks in the convoy,” Mr Ibrahim said.

Kenya’s military spokesman, Maj Emmanuel Chirchir, confirmed that there had been a firefight between Kenyan forces and four suspected al-Shabab militants.

He said the convoy had challenged the gunmen to stop walking, at which point they opened fire.

Maj Chirchir also warned the residents of 10 towns in Somalia via Twitter of “imminent” air raids.

He said Kenya was tracking two consignments of weapons destined for al-Shabab that had been flown into Somalia in the past two days, and would strike any rebel bases where the arms were delivered.

He listed nine towns in one of his tweets: Baidoa, Bardhere, Dinsor, Afgoye, Buale, Barawe, Jilib, Kismayo and Afmadow.

He said it was an operational decision and the attacks would begin “any time” from Wednesday.

After two decades of civil conflict, Somalia is awash with guns, and analysts say any number of groups could have carried out the kidnappings – including pirate gangs.

Al-Shabab, which is linked to al-Qaeda, is locked in a battle with the weak UN-back interim government for control of the parts of the country which are currently outside its power, particularly the capital, Mogadishu.

Meanwhile, Eritiea has refuted accusations that it delivered  the arms  and that the country financially supported the militia group. In a statement, the Eritrea’s foreign ministry said Eritrea has not sent any arms to Somalia and that its sole interest is the peace and stability of the troubled country.

Eritrea has been accused of being a sympathizer and supporter of the Alshabaab by different organizations including the UN monitoring group.
 
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Somalia PM signs communiqué with PM Odinga

By:Carol Gakii, Oct 31, 2011
 
 
The Prime Minister of the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia, H.E. Abdiweli Mohamed Ali led the TFG delegation

 
The Kenya and Somalia governments have agreed that the ongoing operations to flash out the Al Shaabab group will continue until the militia group is completely subdued.

In a joint communiqué after a consultative meeting Prime Minister Raila Odinga and his Somalia counterpart Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, said the two countries have agreed that the Al Shaabab is a common enemy and a threat to both nation’s security and economy.

The two said that the Al Shabaab menace requires efforts from both countries and the international community.
Prime Minister Raila Odinga allayed fears that Kenya had intentions of curving off some parts of Somalia.

“We have no imperialistic intentions of occupying any part of Somalia”, he assured.

The ten point statement read by assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs Richard Onyonka to the press today explained that Kenya’s security operation inside Somalia aims at eliminating the threat posed by the Al Shabaab.

The communique clarified that the incursion is based on the legitimate right to self-defence under Article 51 of the UN charter.

The statement added that the attack is being led by the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) of Somalia forces with the support of the Kenyan defence Forces in pursuit of legitimate Al Shabaab targets.

It spelt out the agreement that Al Shabaab constitutes a threat to both Somalia and Kenya and is therefore a common enemy for the entire region and the world.

The two Prime Ministers said that the TFG will seek the assistance of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to institute immediate investigations into crimes against humanity committed by individuals within the Al Shabaab.

They sought for the assistance of the international community to provide logistical and financial support for the blockade of Kismayu port until the terror gang is removed.

Mr. Odinga was categorical that additional AMISOM troops from the African Union AU will be provided to move in liberated areas in Southern Sudan to help safe guard peace and security.

He pointed out that ‘’ Kenya has no intention of staying in Somalia a day longer than is necessary”.

In line with today’s agreement, he declared Kenya government shall not negotiate with the militia.

Somalia PM thanked the government and the people of Kenya for the continued support offered to his country for the past twenty years.

“They provided safety and support to millions if Somalis fleeing the civil war that was taking place in my country”, Ali said, adding that ‘’ the two countries need a common strategy against a common enemy”.

He was accompanied by his deputy who is also Minister for defence Hussein Arap Ise, Minister for Industry and Commerce Abdisamad Mohamud, Security Minister Gen.Abdulkadir Dini among others.

Accompanying Mr. Odinga were; defence Minister Yusuf Haji, Chief of Defense Forces Gen.Julius Karangi among other dignitaries.
The announcement comes in the wake of reports attributed to Somalia President Sharif Ahmed who is said to have been opposed to Kenya’s military action in the war torn country.

Meanwhile, the International Community has been urged to move in and offer humanitarian aid to civilians in the liberated parts of the war-torn Somalia.

Prime Minister Raila Odinga says the civilians are in dire need of food, medical supplies among other humanitarian requirements.

Speaking during a joint press conference with his Somalia counterpart Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, Raila also called on the International Community to help in the reconstruction of Somalia.

He said he will be holing a meeting with donors soon to chart the way forward in efforts to bring normalcy in Somalia.

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The communique clarified that the incursion is based on the legitimate right to self-defence under Article 51 of the UN charter.

 

 Maj Chirchir also warned the residents of 10 towns in Somalia via Twitter of “imminent” air raids.

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