African Union Forces Expel Rebels From Stronghold

Somalia's al-Shabaab militia have withdrawn from many parts of Kismayo following an offensive in recent days.

  • Somalia:   Islamists Pull Out of Port

    RFI, 29 September 2012

    Islamist Al-Shebab insurgents have pulled out of the southern Somalia port city of Kismayo, its last stronghold, following fighting with African Union forces. Read more »


  • Somalia:   Amisom Forces Arrive in Kismayo

    Shabelle, 28 September 2012

    AMISOM troops have today successfully inserted into Kismayo, AMISOM Force Commander Lt Gen Andrew Gutti confirmed this morning. Further AMISOM forces are making their way towards… Read more »

  • Somalia:   Kenyan Forces Finally Set Foot in Kismayu

    Capital FM, 28 September 2012

    Kenya Defense Forces said Friday they had taken over Al Shabaab's stronghold in Kismayu even as the Al Qaeda-linked group insisted they were in charge of the port city. Read more »

  • Somalia:   Kenyan Troops Claim Control of Kismayu Port

    Capital FM, 28 September 2012

    Kenyan Defense Forces have finally taken control of Kismayu port in Somalia following heavy battle with the militants on Friday morning. Read more »

  • East Africa:   Kenyans Hail KDF After Kismayu Capture

    Capital FM, 28 September 2012

    Kenyan leaders have congratulated the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and allied AMISOM troops for the decisive triumph over the Al-Shabaab militants, signaled by the capture of the… Read more »

  • Somalia:   AU Forces Battle Al Shabab Near Kimsayo

    Shabelle, 28 September 2012

    Heavy fighting, with air and beach shelling between Somali government soldiers backed by Kenyan AMISOM forces is going on the suburbs of Somalia's southern port city of Kismayo,… Read more »

  • Somalia:   Kenyan Navy Vows More Attacks in Kismayo

    Shabelle, 27 September 2012

    Kenyan military spokesman Cyrus Oguna said that Kenyan navy and ground forces will not stop launching assaults in southern Somalia until they seize Kismayo, the rebels' last key… Read more »

  • Kenya:   KDF Sounds Warning to Kismayu Residents

    The Star, 28 September 2012

    The Kenya Defence Forces operating under the AMISOM have urged residents of Kismayu which is currently under attack to avoid areas occupied by al Shabaab fighters. The KDF and… Read more »

  • Somalia:   Kenyan Army Launches Pre-Dawn Beach Attack On Kismayo

    Shabelle, 28 September 2012

    Kenyan military forces launched on Friday long-waited final attack on Somalia's southern port city of Kismayo, Last and major Al shabab controlled Base in Somalia, Witnesses said. Read more »

  • Somalia:   Over 200 Al-Shabaab Fighters Surrender

    EPA, 25 September 2012

    AMISOM reported a significant setback to Al-Shabaab that occurred Saturday when over 200 fighters surrendered at the town of Garsaale, fifteen 10 kilometers south of Jowhar on the… Read more »

The Union of Islamic Courts forces met no resistance in Kismayo, Somalia. (file photo)

  • Somalia:   Al Shabaab Plan to Infiltrate Forces - Claim

    Garowe Online, 27 September 2012

    Confidential sources say that members of Al Shabaab group have prepared a "planned infiltration" of Somali security forces in Mogadishu, in consort with Islamist elements… Read more »

  • Somalia:   Kenyan Jets Attack Southern Port

    Capital FM, 25 September 2012

    Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) jets finally hit the terrorist Al Shabaab stronghold of Kismayu in Somalia on Tuesday, destroying a warehouse and the armoury at the main airport. Read more »

  • Somalia:   Warships Bomb Kismayo Port

    Shabelle, 26 September 2012

    Unknown warships off the Somali coast bombarded Somalia's southern port city of Kismayo, 500 Km south of Mogadishu, Somali capital on Wednesday afternoon, forcing local residents… Read more »