Disenfranchised Al Shabab are deserting their ranks while large numbers are surrendering to TFG forces, Strategic Intelligence has confirmed.
On the last week of January, Al-Shabaab suffered a major loss when 150 fighters surrendered to Somali government forces at the Afgoi check point.
Kenya army has strafed the ranks of the militia, cut-off supplies routes and points. The army has increased armed scouting operations further disenfranchising any re-organizing units of Al-Shabaab.
The isolation of Kismayu from Afgoi, Afmadow, and other key militant bases and strongholds has made Al-Shabaab units starved of crucial supplies particularly ammunition, money, and fuel.
Al-Shabaab heavily relies on foreign fighters to fight their cause since many Somali young men are not interested in the militia’s cause.
Cutting off key supplies routes, besides sealing shipping routes has starved Al-Shabaab key supplies including their recruits and mercenaries further making the force of the group to depreciate.
Some Al-Shabaab units have ZUE 23 Anti-Aircraft capacity. The recent destruction of an IED (Improvised explosive devices) and a key arms depot has incapacitated besides demoralized many units of the militia.
This is a strategic victory to the KDF which has been instrumental in defiling the terrorist outfit supremacy against AMISOM and TFG.
So far the Kenyan defense forces are within striking range of Kismayu the port city and financial hub of the Al-Shabaab.
Kismayu is heavily fortified by the militia but Kenya is re-arming adequately to take the city.
KDF will heavily rely on ground attack helicopters and air-force jets to carry out a pre-emptive attack on Kismayu.