Ahead of President Barack Obama’s visit to the region, which starts later this week, Kenyan and Ethiopian troops operating in Somalia have launched a new military offensive against the al-Shabab militant group in Gedo and Bay regions.
The African Union Mission in Somalia, known as AMISOM, announced the offensive named “Operation Jubba Corridor” and said the aim was to “flush out the terrorist group” from rural areas.
The first phase of two offensives was launched on Friday from Fafahdhun, a military base run by Kenyan troops in Gedo region. Troops had reached Tarako, 50 kilometers west of Bardhere town, on Sunday. It is the last major al-Shabab stronghold in Gedo region. READ MORE OF THIS STORY