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BATTLEFIELD PHOTOS: Kenyan Forces Advance In Somalia

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A re-supply convoy of the Kenyan contingent serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) leaves their Sector Headquarters in the town of Dhobley, Southern Somalia.

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Two days ago, an advance AMISOM force conducted an amphibious landing on the beaches north of Kismayo and has so far secured the northern parts of the city, including the road leading to the capital Mogadishu, the Kismayo University, and the old airport.

The main force is approaching the city from the North West.

A soldier of the Kenyan contingent serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) sits near a security post at their Sector Headquarters in the town of Dhobley, Southern Somalia.

Over the last one month, the joint forces have secured a string of towns including Miido, Bibi and Jana Cabdalla.

“The capture of Canjeel has opened the way for more of our forces to advance towards Kismayo in support of our operations there,” said AMISOM Force Commander, Lieutenant General Andrew Gutti on Sunday.

A soldier of the Kenyan contingent serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) stands at the back of a vehicle

“Our aim is to degrade the ability of the Al?Shabaab who threaten and oppress the people of Somalia, disrupting the country’s peace process,” he added.

Kenya forces line up as part of a re-supply convoy at their Sector Headquarters in the town of Dhobley, Southern Somalia.

“As we move into the southern parts of Kismayo, we are taking every precaution necessary to minimize the impact of our operations on the civilian populace.

Kenya soldiers relax after entering Dhobley

We have established No?Fire Zones around markets, schools, mosques and hospitals,” he said, calling on any Al?Shabaab fighters remaining in the

city to lay down their arms The AMISOM Force Commander congratulated the Somali and AMISOM forces for a job well done.

Kenyan forces in Dhobley, Southern Somalia

“From our current location our intent is to conduct systematic pacification operations until Kismayo is secure and the people are able to conduct their business without interference,” he said.

Kenyan soldiers walk past a watch tower in Somalia

He also urged the international community and humanitarian agencies to expedite the provision of much needed humanitarian assistance to the population in the liberated areas. “We stand ready to facilitate any such efforts to relieve the suffering of the Somali people,” he said.

Soldiers of the Kenyan contingent serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) are seen through the window of a military vehicle in the town of Dhobley

As AMISOM forces continue to secure more ground, this has given an added impetus to the Somali peace process.

Soldiers of the Kenyan contingent serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) disembark from a vehicle at their Sector Headquarters in the town of Dhobley,

Today, the country has a legitimate provisional constitution as well as a broadly representative parliament. It has also held an open and competitive presidential election leading to a peaceful transfer of power, the first time that has happened in Somalia in over four decades.


Soldiers of the Kenyan contingent serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) sit inside a watch tower at their Sector Headquarters in the town of Dhobley, Southern Somalia.

Soldiers of the Kenyan contingent serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) stand next to a military vehicle at their Sector Headquarters in the town of Dhobley, Southern Somalia.

All photos by Stuart Price (AU-UN IST.)

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