Any link In Attack To US Base In Kenya & Middle East Recent Events?
This time, Al-Shabaab, Somalia’s largest Islamic terrorist organization attacks to the US base in Kenya and has exacerbated recent tensions between the US and the Middle East.
Al-Shabab fighters during the early morning hours on Sunday have attacked a military base in Kenya’s coastal Lamu region used by US and Kenyan military personnel, the East African country’s army and the armed group announced.
Kenyan Defence Forces announced in a report on Sunday that “at around, 5:30 am an attempt was made to breach security at Manda Air Strip.” The attempted breach was successfully repulsed. Four terrorists’ bodies have so far been found. The airstrip is safe,” the report continued.
Colonel Paul Njuguna, a spokesman for Kenya’s Defense Forces, said in a statement. “A fire broke out affecting some of the fuel tanks located at the airstrip. The fire has been put under control and standard security procedures are now on-going.”
Details of Attack To US Kenya Base
A spokesperson for the U.S. military confirmed that an attack had taken place at the airstrip in the US base in Kenya, but gave no more details.
It was not now clear if any U.S. or Kenyan service members were killed or injured.
Additionally, a military source told, “They have attacked Manda airstrip in Lamu, which is just next to the military camp that hosts military personnel from many countries including Kenya and the U.S. We are informed that fighting is still ongoing.”
Also, the U.S. Africa Command confirms the attack on Camp Simba in Lamu county. An internal Kenyan police report seen by The Associated Press states two fixed-wing aircraft, one U.S. and one Kenyan, were destroyed along with two U.S. helicopters and many U.S. vehicles at the Manda Bay military airstrip.
Role of al-Qaeda in the attack
The al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab immediately claimed responsibility for the attack in a long announcement but told it was not linked to recent events in the Middle East. Camp Simba is used for training exercises but also serves as a base for U.S. operations in Somalia.
“An elite group of soldiers from Harakat Al-Shabaab Al Mujahideen’s ‘Martyrdom Brigade’ launched a daring dawn raid on a U.S. naval base known as ‘Camp Simba’ in Lamu County,” al-Shabaab declared in a statement. “The base is home to hundreds of U.S.military personnel and Kenyan soldiers and serves as one of the many launch pads for the American crusade against Islam in the region.”
The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab is based in neighboring Somalia and has launched a number of attacks in Kenya. Al-Shabab has been the target of a growing number of U.S. airstrikes during President Donald Trump’s administration.
It attempts to control Somalia and impose a strict interpretation of Sharia law. The militant group seized most of southern Somalia in the second half of 2006, but it later lost ground and pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda.
The U.S. military airstrikes in Somalia
The U.S. military regularly carries out airstrikes in Somalia, killing more than 300 of their militants in 2018 alone. In November 2017, more than 100 militants were killed in a single airstrike targeting an al-Shabaab training camp in southern Somalia.
Above all, this attack to the US military base in Kenyacomes about a year after al-Shabab launched a bloody suicide attack on the upscale 14 Riverside complex in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, killing 21 people.
US forces started operations at the base in 2017, performing counter-terrorism and border security operations to aid Kenya, according to a US Air Force press release.
It actually became a permanent US military installation on August 26, 2019, when the American flag was raised over the facility in what the Air Force told meant its “change from tactical to enduring operations.”
“The flag flying here today over Camp Simba symbolizes the permanency of our mission and our dedication to our partners,” Lt. Col. Cody Smith, commander of the 475th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron, stated in August.
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