Offiziere.ch: Kenyan Jets Spearhead Somalia Operation

01.11.11

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Kenyan F-5s. Via The East African forum.

Kenyan F-5s. Via The East African forum.

by DAVID AXE

Second-hand F-5 jet fighters belonging to the tiny, untested Kenyan air force are spearheading a risky Kenyan invasion of southern Somalia aimed at destroying a Somali terror group.

On Oct. 17, around 2,000 Kenyan troops invaded southern Somalia. Their goal: to destroy Al Shabab, an Islamic terror group with ties to sea pirates, and whose agents were allegedly behind a string of kidnappings on Kenyan soil in recent weeks.

Reinforcements have boosted the Kenyan invasion force to some 4,000 people.

The attack — Kenya’s first major military operation in decades — began with an aerial bombardment of suspected Al-Shabab encampments near the Kenyan border.

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