October 17th, 2011
09:54 AM ET

Somali militants threaten to enter Kenya if troops don't withdraw

Islamic militants in Somalia have threatened to "come into Kenya" if Kenyan forces do not leave Somalia, according to an online message posted on a jihadist website.

"Kenyan troops have entered 100 kilometers into Somalia, and their planes are bombarding and killing residents," said Sheikh Ali Mahmud Ragi, spokesman for Al-Shabaab, an Islamic extremist group considered a terrorist organization by the United States, in the posting. "We shall come into Kenya if you do not go back."

Kenyan forces crossed into Somalia to pursue Al-Shabaab fighters after the recent abductions of tourists and aid workers in Kenya heightened tensions in East Africa. Kenya invoked the United Nations charter allowing military action in self-defense against its largely lawless neighbor.

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

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  1. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    I remember when Kenya was being touted to be the next (or first) fully industrialized country in Africa. What ever happened to that? Maybe they are being held back by the neighbouhood they are in, like how it's just impossible to keep your lawn clean when your neighbours are growing dandelions and thistles.

    October 17, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      Although I never posted the above, I want to thank whoever did. To answer what happen in Kenya is the simple fact that the leaders of Kenya got so busy taking orders from the right-wing thugs in Washington that they forgot how to run that country! The latest is a prime example of that!!!

      October 17, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Swing and a miss..

      October 17, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. heywatches

    Hum.so I think yo answer what happen in Kenya is the simple fact that the leaders of Kenya got so busy taking orders from the right-wing thugs in Washington that they forgot how to run that country! replica zenith

    October 17, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    @ faux banasy:Tais-toi!‬

    True banasy. Feh!

    October 18, 2011 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
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