30 Dec '13, 7pm

Shabaab experiences setbacks in Bay region

Somali troops enter Bardale. Image from Keydmedia Online . Somali troops with the support of the Ethiopian army have seized key areas in Bay, government officials in southern Somalia announced yesterday, after months of operations centered on the town of Bardale. The still ongoing campaign, described as "a cleanup operation," led to the recent capture of Iskoris, Morowarabe, and Walaq villages, according to Bardale mayor Mohamed Isaq Arro As. Shabaab fighters escaped in the night as an overwhelming number of troops supported by tanks marched into the area without meeting any resistance. According to AMISOM spokesman Colonel Ali Adan Humad, AMISOM and Somali troops are in final preparation for offensives against Shabaab in southern and central Somalia. Shabaab fighters controlled much of Bay region for three years between 2009 and 2012, until Ethiopian forces pushed them ou...

Full article: http://www.longwarjournal.org/threat-matrix/archives/2013...

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