- Since 16th July 2015, al-Shabaab has been forced to be on the defensive as KDF and Ethiopian troops have quickly retaken the initiative and routed the terror group from its strongholds in Bay and Gedo region.
Last week, over 3000 Ethiopians troops launched an offensive against al-Shabaab intended to expel the jihadist group from Bay, Lower Shabelle and Gedo regions. By Thursday, 16th July 2015, al-Shabaab had ceded considerable territories to the Ethiopians alongside their Sufi allies, ASWJ. The Ethiopian troops and their allies quickly advanced towards the al-Shabaab stronghold of Diinsoor and Bardheere, though waves of suicide attacks halted their advance at Elkade town, 20 miles from Bardheere.
In a co-ordinated offensive launched independently by KDF, the KAF (Kenya Air Force) assisted Kenyan ground troops to push back the jihadist militants from large swathes of Gedo including Tarakow town which was liberated by KDF.
Unlike the Ethiopian offensive, the Kenyan offensive has not faced any major hurdles largely due to the fact that al-Shabaab terrorists simply retreated from their strongholds instead of facing KDF in open-terrain battles.
The offensive by Kenyan troops seems to have inflicted major setbacks on al-Shabaab to the extent that the group’s leader, Sheikh Abu Ubaidah, implored on the group’s terror operatives inserted in Kenya to create a new front in the border counties of Lamu, Garissa, Mandera and Wajir.
This analysis was created by Avraham ben Adam