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How superior KDF strategy caught al-Shabaab offguard
The Daily Nation ^ | September 28, 2012 | Fred Mukinda

Posted on 09/29/2012 12:06:44 AM PDT by spetznaz

Kenyan military planners duped Al-Shabaab into believing that a land invasion of their last remaining bastion of Kismayu was imminent before making an amphibious landing from the sea.

While Al-Shabaab planned its defences based on that assumption, the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF), part of the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) in the Horn of Africa country, was training at sea.

“As the KAF (Kenya Air Force) engaged in aerial attacks the other forces were moving in by sea, from where they were to disembark. Essentially, it was intended to divert attention, especially from the Al-Shabaab.

That’s why you (the media) did not know about it yesterday (Thursday),” said Col Cyrus Oguna, the KDF spokesman.

The surprise landing in Somalia’s coastal city of Kismayu by Kenyan troops on Friday was the culmination of a three-day secret undertaking, the Saturday Nation can reveal.

It involved attacks from the air, land and sea, all happening at the same time, and was codenamed Operation Sledge Hammer.

It was the first time the KDF ground troops set foot in Kismayu, the stronghold of terrorist group Al-Shabaab, since the Kenyan troops crossed the border into Somalia in October last year. (READ: Kenya declares Kismayu fall imminent)

Landed in middle of the night

The operation involved bombing by KAF F-5 jets and more shelling by Kenya Navy ships from the Indian Ocean with the ultimate aim – landing Kenya Army troops in the city – being executed in the middle of the night.

Col Oguna, the operations officer in charge of Information at KDF, said: “By 2am (Friday), the last forces had gotten out of the naval vessels and were safely on the ground. It has been on for the past three days and that’s why there were air strikes in key Al-Shabaab logistical bases.”

The high-ranking officer left his usual station in Nairobi for Kismayu and arrived with the fighting troops so as to provide regular updates from the battleground.

Col Oguna said the capture, a secret undertaking, was an “amphibious operation”, an organised military landing by means of combined naval and land forces.

Military officers and analysts have since dubbed it the first of its kind in Africa.

The strategy was all along to make the Al-Shabaab believe that the attack on Kismayu would be launched by ground troops advancing by road, most probably the ones at Jana Abdalla, the most recent township to be captured by KDF before Friday’s onslaught.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alqueda; alshabaab; kaf; kdf; kenya; somalia
The last stronghold of Al-Shabaab terrorists in Somalia has finally fallen after an amphibious assault code-named Operation Sledge Hammer that involved a couple hundred Kenyan special forces (deployed amphibiously from four warships). At the same time naval artillery and airforce bombing runs had taken out a lot of the ammo dumps used by the Al Shabaab, and Kenyan special forces parachuted into Kismayu airport. This should be the first use of an amphibious attack by an African military, and the first use of Kenya's special forces since the 1960s/70s Shifta wars. The Kenya Army Paratroopers and the Recce Company are trained by the US Army Rangers and the Israeli Sayeret Matkal (Kenya has a special relationship with Israel following the Entebbe raid), while the D Company 20 Paratrooper Commandos of the Paratroopers have a training relationship with the British SAS.


1 posted on 09/29/2012 12:06:56 AM PDT by spetznaz
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To: spetznaz

Well done. Now can you come to the US and take Obama back to his shack?


2 posted on 09/29/2012 12:18:57 AM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

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Loads of steath Obamabots on Free Republic

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3 posted on 09/29/2012 1:07:11 AM PDT by devolve (----- ------- ------------c.1000_and_c.1620-------- ----------------------------)
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- That is my last spelling error for the next 5 minutes.....

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4 posted on 09/29/2012 1:09:05 AM PDT by devolve (----- ------- ------------c.1000_and_c.1620-------- ----------------------------)
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To: devolve

and I thought you were hinting they should get the ‘L’ out of here...(8^D)


5 posted on 09/29/2012 1:22:44 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: spetznaz
That’s why you (the media) did not know about it yesterday (Thursday),” said Col Cyrus Oguna, the KDF spokesman.

Ahh. Someone who understands OPSEC. Well done!

6 posted on 09/29/2012 1:24:22 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: spetznaz

Good work, they did better than the whole freaking UN


7 posted on 09/29/2012 1:34:05 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Someone who understands that in war you have two enemies, one of which is the fifth columnist liberal media.


8 posted on 09/29/2012 2:25:28 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Smokin' Joe

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- They often forget/forgot to clean up their FR profile page content before they post comments on the election now

98% is a tiny clue.....

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9 posted on 09/29/2012 2:30:54 AM PDT by devolve (----- ------- ------------c.1000_and_c.1620-------- ----------------------------)
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To: spetznaz

Thank God JSOC and CIA SAD/SOG teams were there. Had it been CENTCOM or PENTAGON running it, the liberal Muzzie lovers imbedded inside would have blown the whistle to their beloved “freedom fighters”


10 posted on 09/29/2012 3:26:23 AM PDT by DCBryan1 (I'll take over the Mormon over the Moron any day!)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

His cousin is already giving us more than enough problems. Maybe sending him to a third nation? North Korea? I know Chavez of Venezuela seems to like him.


11 posted on 09/29/2012 3:47:09 AM PDT by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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To: DCBryan1

There have been some reports of ‘White faces’ amongst the troops, which is probably indicative of (most probably) JSOC operatives. Kenya went into Somalia following the killing of a British tourist and abduction of a French tourist, but I personally believe that was not the only (or for that matter, the main) reason. Most probably the CIA and/or American special operations provided a lot of direct and indirect assistance. Case in point some of the aerial bombardment. Kenya operates F-5s, and I am doubtful that some of the highly targeted bombing came from dumb bombs dropped from F-5s. More likely to have come from Predators/Reapers. The Kenyan navy also doesn’t operate Tomahawks.


12 posted on 09/29/2012 3:52:54 AM PDT by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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To: spetznaz

French DGSE, 19eRFP,and GIGN still looking for missing DGSE agent and a couple of consul staff. They don’t fly prisoners out ;)


13 posted on 09/29/2012 4:22:06 AM PDT by DCBryan1 (I'll take over the Mormon over the Moron any day!)
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To: spetznaz
having watched the phenomenon several times (as they moved into our neighborhood to begin their introduction to America) the top notch military guys in kenya, ethiopia and elsewhere in the region who do well in somalia can usually count on a green card for themselves and their families.

so it's not just the pay, or the adventure, that attracts these guys to what i've heard can be fierce combat.,

14 posted on 09/29/2012 4:49:06 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: spetznaz
From France24:

Al Shabaab rebels retreat from key Somali stronghold

Al Shabaab rebels retreat from key Somali stronghold By the 29/09/2012 - 08:33

Al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab militants have abandoned the southern Somali port city of Kismayu, their last bastion in the country, a day after an assault by African Union troops.

Al-Shabab rebels pulled out of a key port city in southern Somalia, the group said Saturday, a day after Kenyan troops invaded and marched toward the city center and seaside port that long served as the militants’ key source of funding, officials said.

Residents in Kismayo said they woke to find police and government headquarters abandoned by the militants, sparking a looting spree of the government and police headquarters.

“They withdrew from here last night. The town is not under anyone’s control now,” Mohamed Hassan, a resident, said. “People feel some relief now. We hope no more fighting will take place.”

FRANCE24’s correspondent in Nairobi, Duncan Wood, said that Kenyan forces are situated largely to the north of the city and moving slowly. “They may encounter roadside bombs and also there is a small chance that this withdrawal is effectively propaganda and that the Kenyan army may just be lured into a trap.”

The withdrawal came about 24 hours after Kenyan forces made a beach landing and as inland troops from Somalia and Kenya moved toward the port city from the west.

“Looting and chaos is going on here. Thugs are taking advantage of the vacuum,” Maryan Hussein, another resident, said. “The abandoned houses are being ransacked and the streets are occupied by people carrying belongings.”

Col. Cyrus Oguna, a spokesman for the Kenyan military, said five al-Shabab fighters were killed in a battle overnight. Two commanders were killed in the fighting, the military said.

He said the Kenyan forces are still verifying the reports that al-Shabab had pulled out of Kismayo. “For now we are treating it as a theory,” he said.

The Kenyan troops landed by boats in the northern part of Kismayo on Friday and moved toward the port, he said. He said that al-Shabab lost “many, many militants, including some key commanders” during battles on Friday that involved helicopter gunships.

Al-Shabab used Twitter to announce the news it was leaving Kismayo.

“Last night, after more than 5 years the Islamic administration in Kismayo closed its office,” the tweet said. “Kismayo shall be transformed from a peaceful city governed by Islamic Shari’ah into a battle-zone between Muslims” and invaders.

Al-Shabab found little popular support in Kismayo because of the conservative brand of Islam it tried to impose on residents. Al-Shabab carried out public executions, whippings and amputations as punishments, and enforced a conservative dress code.

Al-Shabab was forced out of Mogadishu in August 2011 and lost one of its major sources of funding when it could no longer tax businesses in the city’s main market. Since then the taxes al-Shabab charged on goods coming into Kismayo’s port were seen as its last major funding source.

As it no longer holds any major cities in Somalia, al-Shabab is expected to operate more as an insurgent force that carries out suicide and roadside bomb attacks.

15 posted on 09/29/2012 5:56:58 AM PDT by csvset
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To: spetznaz

Well done Kenya. If our special forces or those of our allies are involved, so much the better. I’ve long wished to see our young lions unleashed around the world, and the bodies of terrorist enabling politicians and radical imams stacked like cordwood.


16 posted on 09/29/2012 6:57:24 AM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: spetznaz

A couple of years back my USMC Infantry son trained in Kenya.

The first half they were instructed by the Kenyans and used all Kenyan equipment. Second half was reversed rolls.

They also received two weeks jungle survival training.

He said it was all enjoyable and informative.


17 posted on 09/29/2012 7:13:20 AM PDT by DUMBGRUNT (The best is the enemy of the good!)
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To: spetznaz

Can we get these guys to stage an amphibious landing in Detroit and Chicago?


18 posted on 09/29/2012 8:37:33 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (Charlie Daniels - Payback Time http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWwTJj_nosI)
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To: spetznaz

Taking notes, Ehud? Or are you too busy trying to evacuate Judah and Samaria as you try to get on the Likud ballot?


19 posted on 09/29/2012 10:44:34 AM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: spetznaz

Our Task Force 150 operating nearby in the Indian Ocean has enough capability to spare at least a few hours of support from the sea side. You can guess the kind of krap they can heap on any particular band of Ubangis ashore.


20 posted on 09/29/2012 1:56:00 PM PDT by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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To: csvset

This story sounded great at first, running the Muzzies off and all. But if the Kenyans left a path out of town un-blocked it sounds like they just moved the problem again. Why on earth, if one wants to solve the problem, wouldn’t the Kenyans block all exits and kill off the dumbasses once and for all? Killed five? Maybe we’ll get some better info as time goes by but what we have sounds more like a snipe hunt than a solution to a national security problem.


21 posted on 09/29/2012 2:06:40 PM PDT by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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