On September 28, 2012 Kenyan military forces captures Kismayu, the last major stronghold of the Shabab militant group in Somalia. Kenyan military officials said that their troops staged a midnight amphibious assault to storm the beaches of Kismayu, a vital port for the Shabab. After the attack, African Union peacekeepers urged all Kismayu militants to lay down their weapons and surrender.
The city of Kismayu has been key to the success of the Shabab because it has allowed the militants to bring in weapons and raise money for operations by imposing fees on all sorts of goods. Kenya’s invasion of Somalia has been its most aggressive step towards protecting national security. The relentless chaos in Somalia has hindered Kenya’s fast-growing economy. The invasion on the 28th was a key step in the objective to secure a multibillion-dollar port on the Indian Ocean, not far from the Somali border.
The capture of the Shabab stronghold in Kismayu will benefit Kenya by reducing the threat to Kenya’s national security on the borders. The take down of this crucial city will also improve international security because it will weaken the Shabab’s ability to aid Al Qaeda.