Kenyan troops pursue kidnappers into Somalia


Strike first, strike hard, no mercy!
Dec 15, 2006
New Zealand
Seems fair. Somalia isn't a functional...anything so it's not really a "territorial incursion" except in a technical sense.

Kenyan troops and armoured vehicles have crossed into neighbouring Somalia, residents say, in pursuit of militants suspected of a spate of kidnappings.
Witnesses said up to 40 Kenyan vehicles carrying soldiers had passed through the Somali town of Dhobley, near the border. Tanks were also reported.
Kenya has said its troops were going after al-Shabab militants.
But a Somali diplomat at the UN told the BBC that if the reports were true it would be a violation of sovereignty.
Several Westerners have been seized in Kenya by suspected Somali militants and taken into Somalia.
Two Spanish aid workers were abducted from Kenya's sprawling Dadaab refugee camp on Thursday.
A British woman and a French woman have been kidnapped from remote beach resorts over the past month, dealing a major blow to Kenya's tourism industry.
'Air strikes'
Speaking to the BBC, Kenyan Foreign Minister Moses Masika Wetangula confirmed his country's forces were in action against al-Shabab.
"What we are doing is in pursuit of a request by the government of Somalia and also our own interest as a country to fight a group that is terror-based, a group that is causing terror and mayhem and killings and kidnappings on both Somali nationals and Kenyan nationals and visitors to this region, and a group that is undesirable in our midst if we are to have peace in Kenya and Somalia.

The first secretary of Somalia's mission to the UN, Omar Jamal: "Somalia is in a serious crisis"
Somalia's UN envoy, Omar Jamal, said if confirmed, a military incursion by Kenya would be "a very serious territorial intrusion by a foreign country".
"We understand the Kenyan concerns very well," he said.
"However if any action is to be taken... the Somali government has to be on the same page, the Somali government has to be informed, the Somali government has to know exactly in many details what is going on, otherwise it will be a different story."
Our correspondent says some Kenyans fear their country could become a target for more al-Shabab attacks if it becomes more deeply embroiled in Somalia's conflict.
The development comes days after the two Spanish aid workers with Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), named as Blanca Thiebaut and Montserrat Serra, were taken from Dadaab, the world's largest refugee camp.
Just 80km (50 miles) from the Somali border, Dadaab currently houses nearly half a million refugees, most of whom are Somalis who have fled conflict and famine.
A Kenyan driver working for the Care charity was abducted from Dadaab on 21 September.

Last month, 56-year-old Briton Judith Tebbutt was kidnapped - and her husband David killed - by gunmen while the couple were on holiday in a remote Kenyan resort at Kiwayu.
On 1 October, a 66-year-old French woman was seized by an armed gang on Kenya's northern resort island of Manda and taken to Somalia.
The UK Foreign Office has advised against all but essential travel to the Kenyan coast near the Somali border.

Forgive the formatting; something went funny when I copied and pasted.
Maybe Kenya should coordinate a little something with Ethiopia and they could really put a hurting on Shabab.