Friendly Fires

Foreign military forces have joined the offensive against the Shabab militant group in Somalia as Kenyan troops advanced toward the rebel stronghold of Kismayu from two different directions, Kenya said Sunday.

A Kenyan military spokesman, said that “one of the partners,” possibly the United States or France, had been behind airstrikes in the past few days, killing a number of Shabab militants. The US has denied involvement.

The war Kenya has entered is the hardest form of warfare known to conventional armed forces, even superpower formation.

The implications of this sudden state of affairs are so far-reaching that most Kenyans have not started pondering them in earnest, they are now in the crouching trot of warfare in all its unscripted, unscheduled, cruel, bloody and messy aspects.

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