Al-Shabaab militants Flee key town as Somali army Advances
Residents living in Dhoblay town in Lower Jubba region say that many Kenyan helicopters were seen on Thursday deploying troops into an area called Har-Haar, just 7 Km away the border between Somalia and Kenya to join African Union forces known as AMISOM that are currently propping up a Transitional Government in Mogadishu.
Some reports said Kenya plans these new forces to boost and join prior army who are struggling to liberate all Al-shabab-held regions in southwestern Somalia, especially Badade and Afmadow, frontline towns.
Kenyan soldiers illegally entered into the neighboring conflict-ravaged Somalia on 16 October last year 2011, in pretext to combat Al-Shabaab, the Al-Qaeda-linked rebel group, whom Nairobi blames for kidnapping and killings tourists and aid workers in its soil. U.S. Keeps Wary Eye on Kenya
Sources say that the United States and Turkish forces based in the capital Mogadishu have bombed Al-Shabaab's defensive bases from the air, which forced the militants to flee.