Kenya Army to Take Last Al-Shabaab Hold by August, Nation Says
By Sarah McGregor
Capturing Kismayo will deprive the al-Qaeda-linked militant group of a key source of revenue, after Kenyan soldiers fighting as part of an African Union operation seized Afmadow town earlier this week, the Nairobi-based newspaper said today.
Kenya’s military began an incursion into southern Somalia in October to drive out al-Shabaab, which has waged a five-year insurgency against the United Nations-backed administration of President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed. Kenya began the assault to secure its borders after blaming the rebel group for the murder of a British tourist at a luxury resort and the abduction of at least four foreign holidaymakers and aid workers in Kenya.
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