Kenyan troops load supplies as they prepare to travel in a Kenya Air Force Mi-171e

(Photo Credit: DAILY NATION)

A Kenya Defence Force soldier in Kismayo, Somalia

KDF soldiers stand behind a Puma M26-15 Mine and Blast Protected Vehicle


About beegeagle

BEEG EAGLE -perspectives of an opinionated Nigerian male with a keen interest in Geopolitics, Defence and Strategic Studies


  1. kyallkelvins says:

    Nice photos, I should again say.

    As things stand currently, Kenya is about to step aside a battalion-sized detachment to give room for a similar-sized Siera Leone deployment into Jubbaland.

    On other strongholds, the EU bridegrooms are circling and seriously fantacysing on how to launch their “Party-manifestos” to the unripe bride called Somalia. Serious times ahead.

    • doziex says:

      Yeah, Kyall I wish AU was wealthy enough to fund this AMISOM success story. Now the EU & US bankrollers are going to come around acting like they had troops on the ground all along.
      Nice gear. I am really impressed with the KDF.

      I wish the KAF would release some more info on their air strikes in somalia. I believe it rivals the current french exploits in mali.

      • doziex says:

        I guess one must put every statement in context, as some of us africans are given to hyperbole.
        The french striking at technicals exposed in the malian desert, is really nothing to write home about when one considers the global exploits of the USAF, the RAF & the IDFAF.

        To the indians, pakistanis and most airforces even in the 3rd world, these airstrikes are just par for the course.

        However, the same when achieved in sub saharan africa is a bit of a big deal. NAF airstrikes in liberia & sierra leone, ZAF air strikes in the DRC, angolan airstrikes in the kinshasa environs and against kisangani,ethiopia and eritrea made these airstrike/ground attacks look very pedestrian during their border war in the 90’s. They even treated us to air to air combat that pitted the SU-27s against the mig-29s.

        So kudos to the KAF for those effective strikes across their border in somalia. But please, let’s not get carried away. The were just mere airstrikes.

        I am not putting the KAF on par with the french airforce, that would be lunatic. The similarity lies in the fact, that both airforces eliminated the threat posed by islamists in technicals, before that fire power could be used against friendly forces.

  2. Henry says:

    Nice photos of our kenyan brothers in somalia.

  3. wocon45 says:

    Nice one …..

  4. jimmy says:

    Our Kenyan brothers not only have they stepped up but they have sustained and looked good at it keep up the good work they are gaining valuable experience.

  5. kyallkelvins says:

    I couldn’t have put it any better @Doziex. Any relationship with the EU and UN is a total nightmare, seriously demanding for massages and other classified goodies, totally lacking the facual intetions of paying for the services. Can you figure out the fact that the UNSC hasn’t released funds to the KDF. We have sustained 5000+ troops in Somalia for almost one & half a year and yet no sign of the special star in the immediate horizon. Lemmie leave it there.

    About ’em fighter jet strikes, they are up to standards and a little bit classified. All of them carried out by the F-5E. As far as I know, the Air Force is trying its best to fulfil its regional ambitions, something i’m extremely sure of.

  6. kyallkelvins says:

    @doziex. When it comes to comparing, well, i’m actually off the bench. I try my best to keep away from these comparative and superlative terminologies. Its something which can surely derail healthy discussions, “My thing’s bigger than yours” rhetoric, I practically live off the stuff.

    We can actually develop a system of chanting, we use each other in a ‘Good-cop-bad-cop’ mode for the better part of it.

    No hard feelings mate. 😀

    • doziex says:

      No Kyall, I wasn’t refering to you. I have always found your analysis to be knowledgable, sober and professional.

      However, I was trying to pre empt, the reactions of some of your compatriots to my french comparisms.Those that refuse to live in a fact based universe.

      KDF as is, is very serious stuff, of which I’ll love to learn more about. Those given to exageration, just messes up what could be a nice credible, informative exercise.

  7. peccavi says:

    I’m going to put my martinets head on and say to that soldier first off all put that grenade in a pouch and then take that link from around your body. Other than that relatively well turned out. Good to see the KDF is maintaining the tradition it has established of good PR

  8. kyallkelvins says:

    😀 You are one clever chap Peccavi by gawd! An uncanny resemblance of Medvedev himself. Actually not much substance on my desk right now to dissect. About the dangling fire balls, its a traditional practice common with KDF regulars, it ain’t a well-ventilated pre-photoshot preparatory snare-up.

  9. kyallkelvins says:

    Quite a weighty topic you have induced into the discussion, @Doziex. Well, lemmie try to build a fact-file of the core stunts from the Operation ‘Linda Nchi’ campaign.

    “…The French for the most part was already fowardly deployed in the region. With bases in Ivory coast & Chad. Likewise, the KDF just had to pounce across their boarders onto the battlefield…”
    This was an advantage to the KDF and also the French in their operation in Mali. It’s commonly a rare scenario in military operations, thus, the arfomentioned players, I guess they used that priority to their full advantage. Its such a serious aspect of military operations, FYI, this’s the reason the Israelites have stalled their ‘Iran-strike’ due to geographical complixity. s the saying goes, onceyou have the big stick, swing it accordingly without leaving anything to chance. And if happens that you lack this advantage, well, liasing with countries in close proximity to the theater is the way to go.

    “…The KDF wisely liased with, utilized the SNA & the Ras Kamboni brigade. Surely this units absorbed some of the casualties that could’ve being the KDF’s. The French has similarly liased with the Chadians & Nigeriens. And their SF have turned around the Malian army in shambles. Again, the heavy Chadian casualties could’ve been that of the French, to bear…”
    This one automatically falls in the ‘Strategies-employed’ docket. The KDF and the other military outfits monouvered in two very different planetary-formations. Nothing like a joint assault/ops. You know the reasons; lingualism, mode-of-conduct, discipline, name them, standing atop very different mountains. This operation was articulated more than 2 years ago before the cross-over. They were well-versed with the terrain, what to expect, how the enemy is armed & so on…….

  10. kyallkelvins says:

    ….With the info at hand, they were equally prepared and equipped for the task. It was just another day at work as the boys embarked on their mission.

    Some of the brand strategies employed in the operation were; (1)Propaganda. “We got bogged down due to heavy rains” wth! I even bought that broad lie of getting stuck in the mud, and they even went ahead & gave a footage to the media, of a Puma helic uplifting a Landrover across a flooded terrain. By saying clearly that ‘Kismayo’ is the reward, those buggers strawled backwards to defend their stronghold, leaving most of the backwater towns. Then the worst happened when Afmadow was captured, the much anticipated fall of Kismayo. “It will fall next month/May July, even the CDF himself once said that it will be taken in Aug-2012, untill the Alshabaab became weary of waiting. When the weariness was at its highest, then the KDF says its about time. Again, the brigands are also taken for another propaganda ride, fully convinced of a land-based assault so as to pull their defences from the oceans, what went on after is not worthy mentioning. Propaganda, a vital aspect of war, shouldn’t be ignored at all.

    (2) One usually fights for a cause, without a motive & an interest, you shouldn’t, afterall, embark on any mission. This was one of the things which gave Gov’t planners, a run for their money.

    Enough for now.

  11. doziex says:

    @Kyallkelvins, thanks for the complex analysis in a nut shell.

    But not to be greedy, I want more !!!

    While KDF’s propaganda was better than most, it is way behind what the french/ the western media are currently doing in OP SERVAL.

    For instance, the footage of KAF F-5s taxing for bombing runs. Video footage as they bombed, rocketed and strafed alshabab battle waggons and ammo dumps.

    Footage of KN naval patrols or shore bombardment.

    We got plenty of footage on KA ground maneouvres coupled with helicopter cover.

    If a picture is worth a thousand words, I wonder what a video footage is worth ?

    Anyway, it makes the case for LINDA NCHI, being a complex and well planned operation.

    The Ethiopian army showed their conventional blitzkrieg prowess, when they invaded in 2006. Unfortunately, they were clueless about counterinsurgency ops.

    They UPDF have greatly improved in urban warfare. thanks to their experience, and some washington sponsored PMC mentorship.
    Too bad, their nascent attack helicopter crew crashed, before we could see them in combat.

    As for the KDF, they did wonders with ther MD-500 armed helicopters. I wonder what they would achieve with the MI-28 havoc ?

    What was the role of their special forces behind the enemy lines ? Where vickers tanks deployed ?
    Etc,etc, etc.

  12. kyallkelvins says:

    I lost trail here @Doziex, despite the fact that I’m the one who brought you here, Ironic.

    Some navy footages, though the detailed ones are belor my rank, beyond my reach.

    And some Special forces in Mogadishu protecting a Kenyan delegation, after a suicide blast went off nearby. Some UPDF Troops were also captured in this clip. The KDF Range Strike Forces are visible in 0:20-0:22, 0:32-0:39, & 1:51-1:54. The RSF ai’nt the official SpeOps Forces of the KDF, It’s rather a specialised Infantry Unit trained by and modelled after the US Rangers (Green berets)

    The use of SpOps forces in sector II was broad. Pathfinding, Implanting target designators for Air strikes, Rescue missions (read kidnapped Canadian © Filippino Aid workers) & other very classified sorties, their daily bread 😀

    As for your queries about the Mi-28NE Havocs, just use backstage criteria to give you a hitch about their operations.

    Cheers, mate.

  13. kyallkelvins says:

    @Beegeagle, Publish my above comment “awaiting moderation”.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s