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African Union Troops Stake Tactical Position in Somali Capital
Somali civilians are seen on the Industrial Road in northern Mogadishu, near the old cigarette and match factory. The factory is where Burundian soldiers serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have established a new position after the sudden departure from the Somali capital of the extremist group Al-Shabaab two weeks ago. Although still in control of large swathes of central and southern Somalia, Al-Shabaab's overnight withdrawal was in part due to a string of military offensives this year by AMISOM and the forces of the UN-backed Transitional Federal Government (TFG). TFG and AMISOM have taken new strategic and tactical positions across the capital, which is now almost entirely under their control.
UN Photo/Stuart Price
18 August 2011
Photo # 482483