Report offers 'lessons' from El Adde attack for KDF and Amisom

Kenya Defence Forces soldiers in Nandi on February 3, 2016 during the burial of one of their colleagues killed by Al-Shabaab at the El-Adde camp in Somalia. FILE PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Several shortcomings on the part of the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and the African Union Mission in Somalia account for the heavy losses suffered in the attack on the KDF base at El Adde.
  • The El Adde forward operating base was also poorly designed for defensive purposes, says the study published by the International Peace Institute and written by Prof Paul Williams, a security policy specialist at a university in Washington, DC.
  • The reluctance to reveal casualty figures may reflect Amisom's policy more than Kenya's, he suggests.

Several shortcomings on the part of the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) account for the heavy losses suffered in the attack on the KDF base at El Adde early this year, says a report issued on Wednesday by a New York-based think tank.

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