October 16th, 2011
09:57 AM ET

Kenya vows to hit Al-Shabaab across Somali border

By David McKenzie, CNN

Kenyan troops are pursuing suspected Islamic militants from al-Shabaab across the border into Somalia, Kenyan government spokesman Alfred Mutua told CNN Sunday.

The move marks a dramatic shift in security tactics for the east African powerhouse, which is evoking the United Nations charter allowing military action in self-defense against its largely lawless neighbor.

"If you are attacked by an enemy, you have the pursue that enemy through hot pursuit and to try hit wherever that enemy is," said Yusuf Haji, in a news conference aired on CNN affiliate NTV.


Filed under: Al Qaeda • Kenya • Somalia
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  1. s kel

    Good for Keyna.

    October 16, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. leeintulsa

    I'm surprised it's taken this long..

    October 16, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    "The move marks a dramatic shift in security tactics for the east African powerhouse, which is evoking the United Nations charter allowing military action in self-defense against its largely lawless neighbor"

    How long until somebody starts blaming Obama for this?

    I agree. Too long in the making.

    October 16, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • slider

      Obama will say it is Bush's fault.

      October 16, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bledsoe

    I wonder just how much were the Kenyans paid by the C.I.A. to start this policy. Now the Kenyans are going to so-called "defend themselves" by invading Somalia to fight for the right-wing thugs in Washington! How ludicrous can one get???

    October 16, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim Davis

      Haven't you heard Bledsoe, that the CIA has almost unlimited financial resources so they bribe most people into anything they want done? Just like the British Navy made Great Britain so powerful over the last few centuries, the CIA's power to bribe people is making America equally powerful today. This is why this country now has a gigantic monitary deficit!!! Hopefully, the Occupy Wall Street may change that.

      October 16, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Where is your evidence that the CIA has anything to do with?
    You don't think Kenya is just sick and tired of the lawlessness and the decimation that Somalia unleashes on Kenya (and the rest of the world)?

    October 16, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    @Jim Davis:
    QEI made the British army great over 400 years ago, it has nothing to do with today.

    And I'd like to see where you are getting your information from.
    Sources, please.
    "Haven't you heard" is hearsay, and thus, meaningless.

    October 16, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    Oops...meant the British *NAVY.*

    October 16, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • slider

      So you meant the British Navy....does that mean your frist post was "meaningless"?

      October 16, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bobcat2u.

    Somalia has been totally lawless for far too long. Since no one has tried to put them in check for so long, they just feel they have a free hand to do whatever they please. Hopefully the crackdown by Kenya will help to correct this. Why has the world for so long turned such a blind eye to the situation? Oh, I know it's been discussed about how bad it is, but that is where it all stopped. Knock em down Kenya.

    And yes banasy, this all Obamas fault. After all, he was born in Kenya and made a vow to cause whatever trouble he could. I guess it must be the natural born terrorist in him.

    October 16, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©


    You're going to catch flack for that.
    Should have used that font we talked about.
    On second thought, nah.

    No, it just means I typed "army" instead of "navy". Just like you typed "frist" instead of "first".

    October 16, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bobcat2u.


    I did that on purpose. I just want to see how many gulibles we have out here today.

    So how are you and yours on this fine Sunday ?

    Wow, did you see what the Rangers did to the Tigers last night ? 15-5 Well, like the N.O. Saints used to say, Just wait till next year.

    October 16, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. s kel

    Slider its ARMY all the way hurahh, 1stBn18th Inf. 1st INF DIV!

    October 16, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. s kel

    VANGUARDS!!!! Hurrahhh.

    October 16, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    Hey, s kel.


    Yes, I saw most of it...yeah, I was disappointed.
    "Wait til next year" is a familiar mantra here in Chicago, with the Cubs.
    I'm a Sox fan, though.
    The family is just ducky.
    How is you and yours?

    October 16, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bobcat2u.


    We're as fine as frog hair.

    October 16, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy©

    Hey, that's my line! That's pretty darn fine, bobcat2u!e

    October 16, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
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