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African Union Troops Stake Tactical Position in Somali Capital
A Burundian soldier serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) cleans a rocket launcher against the skyline of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, in a new position, established after the sudden departure from the city 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 strategic and tactical positions across the capital, now almost entirely under their control.
UN Photo/Stuart Price
18 August 2011
Photo # 482482