(NAIROBI) — While much of Somalia is still controlled by the hard-line terrorist group al Shabab, the internationally-funded troops who are attempting to push the militants out of the country are claiming an important victory.
African Union soldiers have taken control of the southern town of Afmadow, strategically important because of its location along the road leading to the port city of Kismayo — believed to be the main source of al Shabab’s weapons and funding. African Union troops hope to capture Kismayo within a few months, which would be a potentially significant blow to the militants.
Meanwhile, Somali and world leaders are meeting in Turkey for the second major international conference this year to talk about how to restore peace and order in a country that has had neither for decades.
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Stephanie Halasz, Jason Hanna and Livia Borghese, CNN
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