BLOG: Operation Somalia: The U.S., Ethiopia and now Kenya
02 November 2011, 12:41
Extracts from a blog by Aaron Maasho, Reuters
Ethiopia did it five years ago, the Americans a while back. Now Kenya has rolled tanks and troops across its arid frontier into lawless Somalia, in another campaign to stamp out a rag-tag militia of Islamist rebels that has stoked terror throughout the region with threats of strikes.
The catalyst for Nairobi’s incursion was a series of kidnappings by Somali gunmen on its soil.
Though Kenyan troops have already encroached inside Somalia on a number of occasions and are well-trained and supplied, questions remain over how they will cope with a potential guerrilla war against fighters hardened on years of skirmishes in the remote region.
Kenyan soldiers may well find themselves in a different scenario to that of Ethiopia.
Read Aaron's blog here.