On The Road to Bardera and Points East

International forces move into southern Somalia's supply centers

RUNNING TWO WEEKS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE BY THEIR own reckoning, U.S.-led forces in Somalia began moving into the final four of the eight towns where distribution - of food and supplies will be centered. From secure bases in those towns, military patrols and relief workers will fan out to feed the starving in the southern Somalian countryside. On the road to one of the centers, Bardera, a land mine caused the first American casualties: a civilian Army employee was killed, and three State Department security personnel were wounded.

U.S. commanders said their troops were moving faster than expected because there had...

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