It is not for nothing that @MajorEChirchir
has become a ‘must-follow’ on Twitter for anyone keen on the latest despatches from the war-front.
After generously using Twitter to alert Al-Shabaab of impending attacks, the Kenyan Defence Forces seemed to have turned attention to donkeys.
Enemy combatants, forewarned on social media, had already made themselves scarce.
Al-Shabaab fighters have become follower of @MajorEChirchir
on twitter and are dutifully heeding his warnings and fleeing before they are hit.
Available information is that most of the targeted area in southern Somalia is now in the hands of the Kenya Defence Forces and the Somali Transitional Federal Government allies after Al-Shabaab turned tail and fled.
However, it is curious that there is no information on the capture of 10 towns generously listed on Twitter that supposedly hosted major Al-Shabaab bases.
The other possibility, of course, is that the jihadists simply melted into the civilian population, waiting to hit back at the time and place of their choosing.
You see, Al-Shabaab is not a conventional army. It cannot be identified by barracks or troop concentrations and territory held.