Battle of Jilib

Jilib
The Battle of Jilib was a battle in the Somali Civil War (2006–2009) fought by the Islamic Courts Union (ICU) and affiliated militias against Ethiopian and Transitional Federal Government (TFG) forces for control of the town of Jilib.wikipedia
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Islamic Courts Union

Union of Islamic CourtsIslamic Court UnionICU
The Battle of Jilib was a battle in the Somali Civil War (2006–2009) fought by the Islamic Courts Union (ICU) and affiliated militias against Ethiopian and Transitional Federal Government (TFG) forces for control of the town of Jilib.
After a stand at the Battle of Jilib, the ICU abandoned the city of Kismayo on 1 January 2007.

Somali Civil War (2006–2009)

War in Somaliasecond phaseEthiopian invasion
The Battle of Jilib was a battle in the Somali Civil War (2006–2009) fought by the Islamic Courts Union (ICU) and affiliated militias against Ethiopian and Transitional Federal Government (TFG) forces for control of the town of Jilib.
Intense fighting was reported on December 31 in the Battle of Jilib and the ICU frontlines collapsed during the night to artillery fire, causing the ICU to again retreat, abandoning Kismayo, without a fight and retreating towards the Kenyan border.

Jilib

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The Battle of Jilib was a battle in the Somali Civil War (2006–2009) fought by the Islamic Courts Union (ICU) and affiliated militias against Ethiopian and Transitional Federal Government (TFG) forces for control of the town of Jilib.
The Islamic Courts Union was defeated there in the Battle of Jilib December 2006 January 2007.

Fall of Kismayo

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By 1 January 2007, they had reached Kismayo, which was taken without a fight.
It came after the Islamic Courts Union's forces faltered and fled in the Battle of Jilib, abandoning their final stronghold.

Barre Adan Shire Hiiraale

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On December 31, 2006, the Battle of Jilib determined the control of the approaches to Kismayo.

Ethiopia

EthiopianAbyssiniaFederal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
The Battle of Jilib was a battle in the Somali Civil War (2006–2009) fought by the Islamic Courts Union (ICU) and affiliated militias against Ethiopian and Transitional Federal Government (TFG) forces for control of the town of Jilib.

Transitional federal government, Republic of Somalia

Transitional Federal GovernmentTFGTFG coalition
The Battle of Jilib was a battle in the Somali Civil War (2006–2009) fought by the Islamic Courts Union (ICU) and affiliated militias against Ethiopian and Transitional Federal Government (TFG) forces for control of the town of Jilib.

Kismayo

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It began on 31 December 2006, when ICU forces dug in and defended the town to prevent approach to Kismayo, the last stronghold of the ICU. After the Fall of Mogadishu, roughly 3,000 ICU fighters were said to have fled towards the port city of Kismayo, their last remaining stronghold, 300 miles (500 km) to the south.

Fall of Mogadishu

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After the Fall of Mogadishu, roughly 3,000 ICU fighters were said to have fled towards the port city of Kismayo, their last remaining stronghold, 300 miles (500 km) to the south.

Somalia

SomaliFederal Republic of SomaliaSOM
In Kismayo, executive leader of the ICU, Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed was defiant, "We will not run away from our enemies. We will never depart from Somalia. We will stay in our homeland."

Islamism

IslamistIslamistspolitical Islam
In Jilib, the Islamists used bulldozers to prepare trenches and defensive positions.

Technical (vehicle)

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They had about 3,000 fighters and 60 technicals mounted with antiaircraft and antitank guns.

Sharif Sheikh Ahmed

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In Kismayo, executive leader of the ICU, Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed was defiant, "We will not run away from our enemies. We will never depart from Somalia. We will stay in our homeland."

Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG

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Ethiopian MiG fighters, tanks, artillery and mortars struck Islamic positions in the assault.

Land mine

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Residents reported the road to Jilib was littered with remote-controlled landmines by the ICU.

Jamame

JamaameJammaame
The sound of heavy artillery fire could be heard in Jamame town near Jilib, local residents said.

Dhow

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He asked for Somalia's coast to be watched for dhows, small boats which might come and try to rescue or reinforce the Islamists in Kismayo.

United States Fifth Fleet

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The United States Fifth Fleet's maritime task force based out of Djibouti, was patrolling off the Somali coast to prevent ICU fighters from launching an "attack or to transport personnel, weapons or other material," said Commander Kevin Aandahl.

Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa

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The United States Fifth Fleet's maritime task force based out of Djibouti, was patrolling off the Somali coast to prevent ICU fighters from launching an "attack or to transport personnel, weapons or other material," said Commander Kevin Aandahl.

Djibouti

Republic of DjiboutiDjiboutianDjibuti
The United States Fifth Fleet's maritime task force based out of Djibouti, was patrolling off the Somali coast to prevent ICU fighters from launching an "attack or to transport personnel, weapons or other material," said Commander Kevin Aandahl.

Ras Kamboni

Ras Kiyemboni
They were reported to be fleeing towards Ras Kamboni island in southern Somalia, or the Kenyan border. On 4 January, reports said ICU troops were split across Afmadow and Badade districts, and possibly concentrated at the former Al-Ittihad Al-Islamiya (AIAI) stronghold of Ras Kamboni.

Kenya

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They were reported to be fleeing towards Ras Kamboni island in southern Somalia, or the Kenyan border.

Afmadow

Afmadoow
Thereafter, operations moved towards securing the borders with Kenya in the provinces of Afmadow and Badhadhe in the Lower Juba region.

Lower Juba

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Thereafter, operations moved towards securing the borders with Kenya in the provinces of Afmadow and Badhadhe in the Lower Juba region.

Al-Itihaad al-Islamiya

Al-Ittihad Al-IslamiyaAIAIal-Ittihaad al-Islamiya
On 4 January, reports said ICU troops were split across Afmadow and Badade districts, and possibly concentrated at the former Al-Ittihad Al-Islamiya (AIAI) stronghold of Ras Kamboni.