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African Union Troops Lay Siege Over Somali Town Run by Al-Shabab

About 1,000 African Union and Somali troops launched an assault on Sunday to retake the al-Shabab militant stronghold of Barawe on the southern Somali coast and has so far met no resistance, a Somali military official said. The African Union and the Somali military launched a joint offensive in March to drive the al-Qaida-linked Islamists out of towns and areas they control, and stepped up their campaign in August after a surge in gun and bomb attacks in Mogadishu. Several al-Shabab...

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