July 11, 2010 is one of the days the Islamism terror group Al-Qaida recalls with pride.
It’s the day they executed a twin bomb attack on Uganda’s capital Kampala, though their Somali based affiliates Alshabaab, killing over 80 people in Lugogo and Kabalagala.
The assault which left the continent gripped with fear came three years after Uganda landed its first peacekeeping troops in Somalia to restore order in the nation that had for years been ripped apart by the Shabaab rebel militias.
Chimpreports has obtained a briefing to the now slain Al-Qaida head Osama Bin Laden, by the Somali rebels elucidating how the deadly operation was carried out and the devastating impact it had on Uganda, her neighbors, the African continent, the United States and the world as a whole.
The Al Shabaab juniors explained to Bin Laden that the “Kampala raid” was a great success that created condition of horror and fear never known before in Uganda.
The timing they said, targets, and results were very suitable to wake the Ugandan people from their slumber, and get them to pay attention to the government decisions and actions.
“And of the most prominent popular responses was the rise of the opposition parties and their demanding [President] Museveni to withdraw the forces from Somalia immediately, before the threats continued to demolish the prospects of the Ugandan future. These voices are still rising, while Museveni is still turning his back on them,” stated the letter dated August 10 2015, one month after the attack.”
Osama Bin Laden has since been killed by the US forces and Uganda still maintains over 6000 troupes in the nation in Horn of Africa.
According to a recent briefing by the AMISOM Peacekeeping force to the United Nations Security Council this month, the Mission plans to end its operations in 2016, although it fears Al Shabaab activities are likely to continue as their intent and capability to carry out terrorist attacks has not diminished.
In the chest thumping dossier to the Al-Qaida boss, the rebels explained that the explosions in Kampala had raised questions on many tongues as the Museveni government came under civilian pressure to withdraw the army from Somalia.
“Many voices are rising, saying, ‘We want our sons to protect us here in Uganda and not there to protect the Somalis.’
The attack they said also caught the United States off guard.
“Obama’s reaction was fast and cunning and it looked like he was surprised, so he immediately sent a CIA team to investigate these explosions.”
“The responses and speeches that Obama gave after the raid indicated imbalance in the American policy and indecisiveness, and he gave statements that were received with a lot of criticism in American circles, not to mention some of the analysts in the world; in which he classified the Al-Qa’ida people as being racists, in an attempt to create that impression with the Americans, which found rejection by their majority and was called short-sighted.”
Al Shabaab was also happy that that the bombing created them a storm of media publicity that the terrorists were targeting soccer fans.
Regionally, the terrors said the most affected country was Burundi, “where the academics hurried to attack the government for its erroneous politics, and the voices became loud about the integrity of that government.”
“A journalist was arrested because of an article in which he wondered about the ability of Burundi to confront an attack like the one in Kampala.”
The briefing goes on to claim that there was an increase of fear in the hearts of the AMISOM soldiers located in Somalia, with their management increasing their salaries from 500 to 750 dollars in order to silence them.
“The Ugandan forces did not discriminate between a Somali apostate and a Somali Muslim and treated all the Somalis equally, which upset some of the Somali soldiers in the Somali forces, and some of them left their weapons and surrendered and some of them deserted. The matter drew the attention of the politicians of the White House, who asked the Ugandans for discipline; and the transitional government to act so that they did not lose their already weak forces.”
“The suggestions went to the extent of planning to allow AlShabaab movement to get to power, and then work on toppling it and getting the government back from them in a different manner other than exploiting the Somali people.”
Five years down the road, the AMISOM forces have nonetheless managed to neutralize the Alshabaab fighters, and brought the Somali capital back on its feet.
In his recent address on the Somali Mission, President Museveni described the Alshabaab fighters as morally ideologically bankrupt, and that they were already defeated.
“As for the Security issue that we started with, be informed, again, that Al-Shabaab is already defeated. They can no longer attack the Army or even the Police, they cannot fight conventional warfare or guerrilla warfare and, being ideologically bankrupt, they go for terrorism (attacking soft targets).”
Museveni added, “The Al-Shabaab are in a very vulnerable situation. On account of the defeats, they can no longer move in big groups – platoon size (30-40) or more because they will be detected and destroyed by the Army (infantry, tanks, IFVs, Air force, etc.). They can only move, by concealment, in small groups (4 or 5). These can easily be dealt with by the LDUs (Local Defence Units) with potential for re-enforcement by the Police and Arm.”