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KDF on Somalia conflict

07-06-2012 03:08 BJT

Kenya's Defence Chief says the final assault on the port city of Kismayu, considered a stronghold of the Somali militant group, Al-Shabaab has been delayed temporarily. This follows a pending nod from the African Union Mission to Somalia, AMISOM.

General Julius Karangi explained that following the decision to enlist the services of the Kenya Defense Forces into AMISOM, the Kenyan military could not unilaterally proceed to capture the key port city. The mandate of Somalia's Transitional Federal Government expires on August 20 by which time AMISOM anticipates it will have driven the Al-Shabaab out of Kismayu.

Kenyan troops recently took control of Afmadow and have steadily been advancing towards Kismayu. Kenya sent its troops after the Somali militant group in October last year following a spate of attacks and abduction of foreigners on Kenyan soil blamed on the Al-Shabaab.

Julius Karangi said, "Kismayu is an AMISOM objective meaning that KDF which is part of AMISOM when its time to go to kismayu will participate...I cant speak for AMISOM , we cant speak of only KDF to say when its time for the capture of Kismayu but when its time for the capture and it will come soon , KDF will be at the forefront."


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