reconnaissance planes stationed in Kenya have begun daily
patrol flights over the coast of neighbouring Somalia as part
of the US-led anti-terrorism campaign, the misssion's commander
said on Thursday.
have daily flights over Somalia of 10 hours each day using
the sophisticated satellite and radar systems at our disposal,"
General Knut Huk told AFP. "There has been nothing interesting
yet but the mission is on," he added.
positioned three military planes at a Kenyan military facility
outside the port city of Mombasa last week to watch over the
east African sea lanes as part of the anti-terrorism fight.
planes and more than 160 personnel are expected to stay in
Kenya until the middle of this year. "Our mandate runs up
to the end of June but we shall stay put if this is extended
because of the nature and importance of the mission," said
have reason to believe Somalia and its long coastline is an
important area for concern owing to non-existence of a broadly
recognised government," he added.
had already 1,275 soldiers, as well as three frigates, four
torpedo-firing patrol boats and four refueling tankers, mobilized
in eastern Africa, supported by a logistical base in Djibouti,
before the Kenyan unit was set up.