SOMALI, AU FORCES SEIZE PORT TOWN, AS AL-SHABAAB FLEE WITHOUT OFFERING ANY RESISTANCE

UPDF BMP-2 and Casspir bring up the rear after the ambush.Somali troops in red berets are in the 4WD

UPDF BMP-2 and Casspir bring up the rear after the ambush.Somali troops in red berets are in the 4WD

VOA News
(27 Aug)

Somali government and African Union troops have seized a critical port town from al-Shabab, dealing another blow to the Islamist militant group. The pro-government forces seized the town of Merca on Monday, according to a tweet posted by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). Residents confirmed to VOA’s Somali Service that al-Shabab fighters have fled the town.

The port is located about 100 kilometers south of the capital Mogadishu. Merca was critical to al-Shabab because it offers sea access and is located along a route to Port Kismayo, the largest town still under the militant group’s control.

According to witnesses, pro-government troops engaged in small-scale fighting with the militants Monday in the nearby town of Shalambood, prompting militants in Merca to flee. Residents said Somali and AU troops met no resistance when they entered the port town on Monday afternoon.

Al-Shabab has lost a lot of territory in southern and central Somalia since international forces launched three separate offensives against the group last year. Ethiopian, Kenyan and Somali government troops backed by the AU are fighting to push out al-Shabab.The group has been fighting to overthrow Somalia’s government and impose a strict form of Sharia, or Islamic law.

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11 Responses to SOMALI, AU FORCES SEIZE PORT TOWN, AS AL-SHABAAB FLEE WITHOUT OFFERING ANY RESISTANCE

  1. wocon45 says:

    Carry go!!!

  2. gbash10 says:

    That is a good one guys.

  3. peccavi says:

    Make them enter see go do jihad for the fishes

  4. beegeagle says:

    Congratulations :). The KNS Jasiri at last!

    I thought you did not realise that it is primarily your responsibility to grow this thread into a Kenya-specialty affair. I saw your comment in the NNS Andoni thread and ignored it because I thought you should have started off this way.

    At last, an over 1000 ton ship for Kenya and an OPV with a helicopter-carrying capacity. It feels good, mehn..innit? This is what I was telling you about, way back then. Now, it is sure to be able to carry a navalised Hughes MD500. Go for it – break new frontiers.

    Push the total haul to three OPVs in the nearest future by placing an order for two 83 metre 1500+ ton Damen 8313 RPVs. Inclusive of two 76mm naval guns and four 30mm CIWS for both oceangoing vessels, you could nick those for $22.5m apiece. Incredible deal, eh? Great for anti-piracy and even shore bombardment, coastal or deepsea.

    If I had any control over it, I would place a $70m order for 3 units for the NN next year. It has to be the best deal for offshore platforms that I know of as we speak. The South Africans own some of those and use them to patrol an island possession which is 1,100 miles offshore. That should tell you something about their seakeeping abilities. When you have those, you can actually deploy one to join the international task force active against Somali pirates in the Gulf.

    Welcome to the era of greenwater platforms. Nice one.

    There is another great deal for coastal patrol craft which can carry AShMs. OCEA of France have a 32m craft which you can use. You could grab four units for about $40m to replace the Madaraka-class missile boats of yore.

  5. beegeagle says:

    Nice. What is the way forward – official commissioning ceremony? Any official photos from inside Kenya released yet?

    • K'yall Kelvins says:

      Official commissioning in the hoaming. Will update you. Photos are rare currently, but will post some when i come across them. But i thought a video speaks alot than a mere photo?
      Intelligence indicates that the Kenya navy is currently doing some survey on future vessels. Mostly the Britain’s Type 42/45 Daring Destroyer coz of its great Electronic Warfare (EW) capabilities. (not confirmed).

      Serious naval aquistion in Kenya. Wants to operate at par with South African and Egyptian Navies.(The only strategic threats to Kenya).

  6. beegeagle says:

    My friend, come on, calm down…lol. You have gone ballistic again?

    Daring class destroyer – like US$1.2 billion? Do you know the difference between a planned acquisition and a wishlist? Eyeing the Daring class on what budget and based on what demonstrable capacity for extrabudgetary funding? Not even the Egypt or South Africa who you labelled strategic threats, perhaps based on their presence on the eastern seaboard of Africa would dare to step near one of those, not only because it is just too expensive but how about that for ONE ship. That would be plain crazy. For that amount, I can get 3 Absalon-class destroyers and six missile-armed Knud Rasmussen OPVs OR an Absalon destroyer, two Makassar LPDs, six Knud Rassmussen OPVs and three Song-class submarines?

    Are you gearing up to steal a Daring class destroyer and who are these intelligence sources? Don’t you at least have to look for a corvette/light frigate or a standard frigate such as a F22 frigate first? The KNS Jasiri cost about $55-60 million yet it was hanging in the balance for a decade over money issues. So where are you sourcing $1.2 billion from for a Daring class destroyer?

    You know you would have sounded believable if you had said an F22P which is a well-armed $200m frigate?

    Lol..this is how you always end up frightening Doziex. BTW, MDANOOZ Kenya is seriously tackling you from the blog windows. Lemme see..oh, that guy!

  7. K'yall Kelvins says:

    A point of correction Beegeagle, Its $1.6B not $1.2B for a daring destroyer. I know the next thing you are going to say is that i sound like a jingoist (laughing). And yes, where will the money come? It all boils down to your millitary’s indoctrination n willingness to knock the targeted capability. Now again, you question which intelligence did i tap that “rumour” from. We operate in camouflage n thats the damn reason i can’t proclaim which position i hold in the Kenya security apparatus. Most of the pointers which i can albeit selectively update you with from the Kenyan security ‘drinking trough’ will sadly sound like “Jingoism” to you…..this pinches me to an extend of shadowing some current scenerios in East Africa.

    A good example is the UPDF choppers which i tried to hold ’till Doziex requested for a brief ‘occurence of events’. What happened when i gave that brief info abt the choppers? One of the bloggers (tim), asked whether it was a story from a novel or an ogre tale…

    And if for instance this discussion is going to bring a dis-trust btn us, it deserves a disclosure with immediate effect.

    Hehe, I miss mdanooz. Sometimes fantasy sounds nice- a reason why nollywood, hollywood n bollywood exist.
    I’ll try my best to neutralise the “fantasy” that i post sometimes.

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