By Samira Gaid
Read more at: https://www.theelephant.info/features/2021/10/22/little-to-show-for-kenyas-ten-year-military-foray-into-somalia/
The Elephant – Speaking truth to power.
“When the Kenya government and the people of this country feel that they are safe enough from the al-Shabab menace, we shall pull back.” Gen. Julius Karangi, Chief of General Staff, KDF.
“Not yet Kenyan”
Parallel internal security operations were initiated to root out al-Shabaab, an animal whose “head was in Eastleigh and tail in Somalia”.
The Jubaland Initiative
The assessment team sent to the border by IGAD reported no proven Kenyan role in supporting rebels.
Of course, those in the Somali national leadership are not passive spectators or victims but also aggressors as they have learnt to use the neighbouring states to prevail in political and security standoffs. Beyond 2021, Somalia envisions a security infrastructure that will depend on Somali security forces, not external armies — a direct challenge to Kenya and its stated plans to only leave Somalia when Kenya feels safe.
Source: The Elephant