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Deadliest Military Force in East Africa Raids Kenya, Abducts 11 Civilians

MartinMurigi 11/25/2020

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Ethiopia National Defense Force (ENDF) soldiers. [Source/BBC]

Global Fire Power (GFP) has unveiled its 2020 Global Power index which ranks countries by their potential military strength across the world.

Over 50 factors are considered in a formula to determine a given nation's Power Index ('PwrIndx') score. 

The factors include; the number of serving military members, the defense budget, the naval force, the number of jet fighters, fuel availability for military operations, logistics flexibility among others.

Many Kenyans are very proud of their military force, the Kenya Defence Force (KDF), particularly after it entered into Somalia to pursue terrorists group Al Shabaab after staging numerous attacks in the Kenyan soil.

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KDF soldiers. [Source/KDF/Twitter]

However, many would be surprised to realize that KDF, despite all the praises and accolades it has received, is ranked third in East Africa and 86th in the world according to its military strength.

Ethiopia is ranked first and 60th in the world, followed by Sudan which appears at number 76 in Global Power Index.

Kenya is followed closely by Uganda (which ranks 86 in the world), Tanzania, South Sudan and Somalia in that order.

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ENDF soldiers. [Source/Amisom]

According to Rashid Abdi, a renowned expert in security in Horn of Africa and Gulf, apart from having the most lethal army in the East Africa, Ethiopia has the most powerful intelligence organ, the Ethiopian National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS).

"Ethiopia's is not just the Horn's preeminent military power it is also an Intel power. It operates most sophisticated, largest and extensive intel operation in sub-region. Its electronic intercepts capability covers Sudan, Eritrea, Somalia," Abdi said on Tuesday while commenting on the ongoing Tigrai war.

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Security expert and researcher Rashid Abdi. [Source/Abdi/Twitter]

The expert said Kenya has shown its weakness by remaining silent after a dozen of Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF) allegedly crossed over into Kenya on Tuesday, November 24, and took away 11 Kenyans. 

The army raided Somare location, Butiye ward, Moyale sub county in Marsabit county in search of Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) rebels and sympathizers.

"By allowing a foreign army to operate in its territory and detain its citizens Kenya has shown its weakness. Nairobi has never been granted the same privilege," Abdi stated.

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