Amphibious assault in Somalia

Not an assault on the pirates' main stronghold in Puntland but certainly a step in the right direction. Good to see an attempt by people to clear up their own back yard.

BBC News 29 Sep 2012 said:
Islamist militants in Somalia say they have withdrawn from their southern stronghold of Kismayo, following an African Union (AU) military attack. Kenyan and Somali forces launched a beach assault on al-Shabab's last major bastion on Friday but encountered fierce resistance. A Somali commander told the BBC that AU forces were not yet in the city. Kenyan troops are part of a force trying to wrest control of the country for the new UN-backed president...

Kenyan troops had launched airborne and amphibious landings before dawn on Friday, supported by Somali government forces. The key beach landing was near the main road to Mogadishu. The Kenyan military said the city was expected to fall quickly but al-Shabab continued its resistance throughout the day...

Correspondents say the loss of Kismayo will be a major blow to the Islamists. Somalia's second largest port is a significant source of revenue for whoever controls it. Al-Shabab, which is aligned to al-Qaeda, has also used the port to bring in weapons.

African Union troops pushed al-Shabab from the capital, Mogadishu, in August 2011 and, along with other pro-government forces, have since taken control of most of the other towns previously in militants hands. But the group's fighters are still highly active in much of the countryside in southern and central Somalia and have carried out suicide bombings and other attacks in cities they no longer control.

Kenya began its intervention in Somalia nearly a year ago after a spate of cross-border attacks blamed on al-Shabab. Since the overthrow of President Siad Barre in 1991, Somalia has seen clan-based warlords, Islamist militants and its neighbours all battling for control.

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