Outnumbered outgunned, and outwitted: How KDF took charge of Kismayu town

Somali National Army (SNA) and members of the pro-government Ras Kimboni Brigade walk along the quay-side past a ship docked in the seaport of the southern Somali Port city of Kismayo on November 2, 2012. PHOTO | AU-UN

What you need to know:

  • Seven other battles would later also prove significant in the war against transnational terrorism, and their particular success points are detailed in the Kenya Defence Force’s official account of their stay in Somalia so far.
  • They are contained in a 306-page book titled Operation Linda Nchi: Kenya’s Military Experience in Somalia, whose “primary authors” are Colonel T Migue; Lieutenant Colonels Oscar M Oluoch, Paul M Njuguna and Charles O Imbiakha; and Majors Daniel M Mugoro and David O Kwach.
  • The first battle was effectively ended by the arrival of a fighter jet and, later, two attack helicopters which bombed Al-Shabaab and forced them to flee. About 200 were killed in the battle.
  • From the book, the next battle does not, really, sound like a major one because KDF and the Somalia forces took over Afmadhow without much of a fight.

We have been hitting the tail and the body of the Al-Shabaab, (and) we now want to hit the head, and the best weapon to do so is a hammer; a sledge hammer. You are the sledge hammer which is going to hit the head.”

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