British forces arrived in Somalia unexpectedly to join the Kenya Defence Forces and other AMISOM troops in the intense fight against Al Shabaab militia group.
The unit drawn from Force Troop Command, 1 Div and Field training, landed in Somalia on Monday and has revealed that they are ready for all out attack against Al Shabaab. The contingent trip of the British troops to the terror hotbed is part of a United Nations peacekeeping mission to fend off the Islamist militants’ threats.
The soldiers, are the first of up to 70 batch to be deployed in Somalia this year, after Prime Minister David Cameron expressed his country’s commitment at the UN Summit in New York in September 2015 to help root out terror in Somalia.
UK media says the troops arrived to offer planning , medical, as well as engineering support to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). UK’s Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said the deployment strengthens the UK’s determination to root out terrorism around the world.
Michael Fallon said:
‘This deployment is another demonstration of the flexibility and global reach of our Armed Forces.
‘Alongside our efforts in Iraq, Syria and Nigeria, it shows our determination to tackle terrorism wherever it rears its head.’
The fight against Al Shabaab has been made greatly intense after the raid at KDF camp in Somalia in January that killed scores of Kenyan soldiers with uncertain numbers still missing.
Following a series of attacks which rained against the militia group, they out of frustration published a video of the KDF attack which showed the country’s soldiers in agony.
Still, authorities downplayed the video and stepped up even higher in the war against the group. While they were busy bragging about El Adde attack, AMISOM soldiers hit them with countless attacks that saw many fighters dead and countless other injured. An airstrike that killed more than hundred of militant Islamists in Somalia, set to pass out from training camp to carry out brutal attack came first.
Thereafter, came the raid by masked commandos that took Somalia’s militant Islamist group al-Shabaab unaware in its base, which prompted the terror group to start seizing suspected spies.
Since then, officials have reported numerous raids that have killed hundreds of suspected members of militant Islamist group. Yet on the plus side, reports emerged a month ago that foreign Special Forces including the British SAS and Jordanian elite unit were secretly working with Kenya to overpower the Islamist group.
Jordanian King Abdullah II Ibn Hussein had allegedly told US congressional leaders in January, that his Kingdom had decided to collaborate with the British SAS in the fight against Al Shabaab.
The King was quoted as saying:
“We have a rapid deployment force that will stand with the British and Kenya and is ready to go over the border [into Somalia],”
Al Shabaab is fighting to take over the Western backed government of Somalia. The group has been battling both internal and external forces including AMISOM, which constitutes forces from Kenya, Burundi, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Uganda, in deadly combats for more than five years.
As more country join in the war, introducing aerial and ground fight, the militants get weakened by the day.