Kenya, Somalia look for international help to fight Al Shabab: At a meeting in Nairobi, Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali of the Somali Transitional Federal Government asked for international naval support to blockade the Al Shabab-controlled port town of Kismayo in Somalia, reports The New York Times. The Islamist organization is thought to get as much as half of its income from businesses in Kismayo, CNN reports, citing United Nations estimates. 
Though Kenya and Somalia’s joint appeal for aid did not single out any specific countries or organizations, the Times writes that a Somali spokesman said that his country would be interested in help from NATO, which just ended its Libya operations. And a Kenyan official said that the two countries had already approached the US and European nations for assistance. 
We are helping them already, they mean they want more help! I do agree we should do it. Hit them in the wallet now as should have been the first thing done not the last.

The US military has already begun flying drone aircraft from a base in Ethiopia, as part of its fight against Islamist militants in neighbouring Somalia. Their role is surveillance of the al-Shabab militant group – based in Somalia, and already the focus of drone missions flown from other bases in the region. 

Official: Though they have denied it Al-Shabaab leaders contact Kenyan government to negotiate: A Kenyan government official said Thursday that Al-Shabaab leaders are seeking negotiations as the nation pursues the Islamist militants deeper into Somalia. Kenyan troops struck several Al-Shabaab training sites early Thursday, a military spokesman said. The revelation comes nearly two weeks after the troops stormed Somalia to hunt for Al-Shabaab, a militant group Kenya blames for recent kidnappings of foreigners in the nation. The group includes many rival factions with different leaders.

Maj. Emmanuel Chirchir, said that the United States or France, or possibly both, had stepped up airstrikes killing a number of Shabab militants. The French Navy has also shelled rebel positions from the sea, Kenyan officials said.The United States and France have not confirmed involvement in Somalia. 

If Western military powers have indeed joined the conflict, analysts said, it could mark a turning point against the Shabab, a ruthless militant group that has pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda. It controls much of southern Somalia, though its young fighters and battered pick-up trucks are deemed no match for a sophisticated army. 

The world is rapidly closing in on Al Shabab I am happy to say. Al Shabab was offered Amnesty about a month ago and they better take it while they can.

We are supposedly winding down in Iraq and Afghanistan and officially called a successful end to our military involvement in Libya

so I guess an upcoming war with Iran is not enough we now have to try to “cleanse” Africa of terrorists. WTF? I see no end but still just the beginning of a “war” against radical Islam that will go on for many generations unless the extremists call an end to it as they can but never will. So?

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma


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