Kenya to stop Shabaab fight when nation is safe

October 29, 2011 12:57


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NAIROBI - Kenya will end its military campaign against the Islamist al Shabaab rebels in Somalia when it is satisfied it has stripped the group of its capacity to attack across the border, its head of military said on Saturday.

The east African nation moved its troops into Somalia in mid-October in pursuit of the Somali insurgents who it blames for a series of kidnappings on Kenyan soil and frequent assaults on its security forces in the border province of North Eastern.

"A key success factor of this campaign will be in the form of a highly degraded al Shabaab capacity," Kenya's Chief of Defence Forces, General Julius Karangi told a news conference.

He said the government decided to move against al Shabaab in early October following near daily attacks on Kenyan forces on the border, and the kidnapping of two soldiers in July this year as well as Western tourists and aid workers.

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