Strategic Somali Town Is Seized by Ethiopians

The loss of a trading hub near the border leaves the Shabab rebels spread thin.

BY MOHAMMED IBRAHIM and JEFFREY GETTLEMAN Mohammed Ibrahim reported from Mogadishu, and Jeffrey Gettleman from Nairobi, Kenya.

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Ethiopian troops poured into a strategic town in central Somalia on Saturday, seizing it from the Shabab militant group and opening a new axis of conflict in this country. The loss of the town, Beledweyne, a trading hub near the...

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