RV Pundit wrote:We have kenya army with 2,000 infrantry invading a lawless somalia
2,000 - 4,000 highly-trained troops.
Superior field officers, logistics and intelligence.
Armour: Panhard AML-90 armoured vehicles (90 mm quick-firing gun); Puma M-26 APCs; Possibly Vickers Mk3 tanks; Other armoured vehicles
Air Force: F-5 Tiger II aircraft; MD 500MD and Z-9W attack helicopters; US - MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper hunter-killer drones.
Navy: Kenyan & French naval ships
Friendly Somali militias, including TFG and Azania forces, US and French military and intelligence support.Al Shabaab
Approx. 8,000 untrained militia.
Some "Technicals" (machine guns mounted on pickup trucks); RPGs.
RV Pundit wrote:...with apparently no plan
Rapid, multi-pronged attack on several fronts, forcing the enemy to spread out very thinly and denying them the opportunity to concentrate forces in a pitched battle. Simultaneous action by the US, France, friendly Somali militia and AMISOM. Al Shabaab battling on several fronts. Plan of operation (courtesy of @Risasi):Phase 1: Recce Missions
Intelligence gathering and recce missions are conducted in the area of operations. Remember the ex-KDF, AS recruiter? He provided good info to the MIC after he was apprehended. Phase 2: Tactical strikes/bombing
Is conducted by the KAF Tiger. Night bombing runs from Wajir FOB into Somalia to neutralize targets identified by our specop/recce squads. These are usually larger targets. Concentrated milita camps, dormitories, parked gun-mounted pick-ups etc Phase 3: Anti-personnel strikes
Conducted by gunships. MD500 armed with a GPMG and pod and ZW-9 at night, the purpose is to flush out dug-in forces and scout the area. Phase 4: Raid
Ground troops advance onto the targets area/zone/towns.
The US sent in drones after the operation began. The drones are assisting in the phase 1 (recce). They can loiter and scout above targets silently and with high endurance. If available target are observed, they handed over to FOB Wajir for the Tigers to neutralize. If it seems that the target will be lost by the time the Tigers arrive, only then will the drone fire a missile at it.
The French, based on their Human intelligence on the ground identify targets and shell them from the sea. They relieve sorties that KAF would have undertaken (phase2). The shelled coordinates are handed over to KDF for phase 3 and 4 of the operation.
RV Pundit wrote:...no objective
- Secure Kenya/Somalia border by driving Al Shabaab deep into Somali territory and/or annihilating them.
- Draw significant Al Shabaab forces from Mog, allowing TFG and AMISOM to secure the city.
- Reinforce Azania forces and assist in establishing a stable Azania administration.
- Facilitate the return of 500,000+ refugees to Somalia
- All consequential effects of the above vis-a-vis Kenyan security and economy.
Kenya Constitution, Article 241
RV Pundit wrote:...no real mandate from constitution or international law
(1) There are established the Kenya Defence Forces.
(2) The Defence Forces consist of (a) the Kenya Army; (b) the Kenya Air Force; and (c) the Kenya Navy.
(3) The Defence Forces
(a) are responsible for the defence and protection of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic;
(b) shall assist and cooperate with other authorities in situations of emergency or disaster, and report to the National Assembly whenever deployed in such circumstances; and
(c) may be deployed to restore peace in any part of Kenya affected by unrest or instability only with the approval of the National Assembly.United Nations Charter, Chapter VII, Article 51
Nothing in the present Charter shall impair the inherent right of individual or collective self-defence if an armed attack occurs against a Member of the United Nations, until the Security Council has taken measures necessary to maintain international peace and security. Measures taken by Members in the exercise of this right of self-defence shall be immediately reported to the Security Council and shall not in any way affect the authority and responsibility of the Security Council under the present Charter to take at any time such action as it deems necessary in order to maintain or restore international peace and security.
RV Pundit wrote:...no real support from international bodies;
It might help me answer this question if you gave a few examples of international bodies that support war.
RV Pundit wrote:...no support from somalis.
- Azania forces, TFG and other Somali militia are actively participating in the conflict on Kenya's side.
- Jubilant Somalis are kissing Kenya Army-issued boots for having driven out the Al Shabaab.
RV Pundit wrote:...no nothing. Just a shadowy suspicious dumb "war".
"No nothing" is relative: if you don't educate yourself, then you no nothing.
"Dumb" is also relative. Dumb people find things they don't understand "dumb."
"Shadowy" - of uncertain identity or nature. The Al Shabaab are shadowy, for example.
"Suspicious" - having or showing a cautious distrust of someone or something. Like Al Shabaab.
If there is any military jargon that you don't understand, please don't hesitate to ask.