A lot of men and equipment are being moved to Lower Juba and Gedo regions, intelligence sources report.
The militants are establishing forward bases, supply chain and logistics centers as they get new supply routes via Kenya and initiate attacks aimed at dominating North-Eastern and Coastal Kenya through militancy.
However, this is not only suicidal, rather the last act of a completely dead-beat terror group.
Kenya intelligence services and military are more than happy that these terrorists are coming back to proximity where we can hit them quickly and effectively.
Analysts say this has been going on for several years now. It was a well planned strategy.
An indicator of this success is the recent attacks inside Kenya in November and December. The attacks have been conducted by elements believed to be from inside Kenya.
Use of militant’s vehicles inside Kenya shows their bases are nearby. The challenge now is to isolate them from civilians.
Kenya Defense Forces have a broad strategy to preempt the threat on the border from foreign aggression, and the Somali militants are a primary adversary.
Several factors have factored this new threat including the AMISOM strategy in Somalia, seizure of the ports once held by the terrorists, diminishing resources and supplies often availed via seaports, and Kenyan operators who are now funding and supporting the terror group.