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U.S. carries out strike in Somalia

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U.S. carries out strike in Somalia

The U.S. military carried out a counterterrorism strike Monday against leaders of the militant group al-Shabab in Somalia, Pentagon officials said, although it was unclear whether the operation was successful.

Journalists in Somalia reported that suspected U.S. drones fired missiles near the port city of Barawe, a stronghold for al-Shabab. In a rare acknowledgment of its clandestine military activities in Somalia, the Pentagon said it had conducted a counterterrorism operation there but gave no details.

"We are assessing the results of the operation and will provide additional information as and when appropriate," Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said in a statement late Monday.

The Pentagon statement did not say whether the operation was limited to drone strikes or whether U.S. commandos had been present on the ground.

Ferguson, Mo.

After father's plea, few try to halt traffic

The father of the unarmed black teenager who was shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson last month asked protest organizers on Monday to postpone their planned shutdown of highway traffic in the St. Louis region.

At a march in Ferguson on Saturday, organizers called on their supporters to shut down area highways on the Labor Day holiday to protest the killing of Michael Brown, 18, urging motorists to stop their vehicles 4:30 p.m. in a four-minute blockade.

Brown's father, Michael Brown Sr., asked that the action be called off after meeting with organizers and state law enforcement officials. Most adhered to his request though several protesters did walk onto Interstate 270 around 4:30 holding up their hands, slowing and then stopping traffic for about four minutes before walking back onto the shoulder.

Elsewhere

North Korea: The North Korea government gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for their freedom.

Pakistan: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was clinging to power Monday as protesters stepped up their assault on government buildings. The capital, Islamabad, was gripped with fear and confusion about whether the country's powerful military will step in to defuse the tension.

Times wires

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