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AU, Somali Forces Move on Al-Shabab Stronghold

Posted May 22nd, 2012 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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Pro-government forces in Somalia are trying to seize a militant stronghold near a massive refugee camp outside the capital, Mogadishu. African Union peacekeepers and Somali government troops launched an operation Tuesday targeting the al-Shabab-controlled town of Afogye. Witnesses reported heavy fighting in an area known as the Afogye corridor. The corridor includes camps for about […]

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AU, Somali Forces Move on al-Shabab Stronghold

Posted May 22nd, 2012 at 8:55 am (UTC-5)
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African Union and Somali government forces are attempting to seize a militant stronghold outside Mogadishu. The operation launched Tuesday near Somali capital targets the al-Shabab-controlled town of Afgoye, site of a massive camp for internally displaced Somalis. Witnesses reported heavy fighting between the two sides. An African Union statement described the offensive as a “carefully […]

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DRC Official Says “Foreign Interests” Fueling Conflict

Posted May 14th, 2012 at 8:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The top prosecutor of the International Criminal Court says he is seeking new war crimes charges against a militia leader in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Bosco Ntaganda, known as the “Terminator,” has been wanted by the court at The Hague since 2006 for recruiting child soldiers in the district of Ituri. ICC Chief Prosecutor […]

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DRC Official Says “Foreign Interests” Fueling Conflict

Posted May 14th, 2012 at 5:55 am (UTC-5)
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The Democratic Republic of Congo’s information minister says “foreign interests” are playing a role in fighting in his country. Lambert Mende told VOA those elements have an interest in destabilizing the country, but that there is no reason to think the DRC’s neighbors are involved. He said the country’s defense minister is visiting Rwanda, Uganda […]

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Rebel Fighting Breaks Out in Congo’s North Kivu

Posted May 11th, 2012 at 12:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The army in the Democratic Republic of Congo is reporting heavy fighting with ex-soldiers who have formed a rebel force. Officials said the fighting broke out late Thursday near the town of Bunagana in the troubled North Kivu province. The mutineers say they are members of M23, an offshoot of the CNDP (National Congress for […]

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At Least 17 Killed in Somalia Fighting

Posted May 9th, 2012 at 11:30 am (UTC-5)
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A Somali lawmaker says at least 17 fighters with militant group al-Shabab have been killed in fighting with Ethiopian and Somali government troops. Parliament member Mohamed Mashru tells VOA the troops attacked an al-Shabab base Wednesday at Agab-Bedey village, near the Somali town of Hudur. Mashru says he saw the bodies of the al-Shabab fighters […]

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Somali, AU Forces Seize Area From al-Shabab

Posted March 30th, 2012 at 2:20 pm (UTC-5)
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African Union forces supporting the Somali government say they have seized an area near the capital from Islamist militant group al-Shabab. A spokesman for the AU force, known as AMISOM, told VOA that al-Shabab was driven from the Daynile district Friday. “AMISOM conducted an operation, and the objective was to capture district of Daynile. We […]

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Tens of Thousands Flee Fighting Between Pakistani Military and Insurgents

Posted March 30th, 2012 at 1:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Families across Pakistan’s northwestern tribal area are fleeing their homes, fearful of being caught up in the military’s latest campaign to route insurgents in the area. Tens of thousands of Pakistani women and children have abandoned their homes in the border region near Afghanistan, many pouring into the Jalozai camp run by the United Nations […]

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Army: 45 Rebels Killed in Fighting in Northern Mali

Posted January 19th, 2012 at 7:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Mali’s military says it killed 45 pro-Taureg rebels in fighting this week in the country’s north near the Algerian border. Army officials say two soldiers were killed during the clashes in the towns of Aguelhok and Tessalit. A rebel spokesman denied the army’s claim, telling the Reuters news agency that as many as 40 government […]

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Sudanese Rebels Claim to Have Shot Down Government Helicopter

Posted January 19th, 2012 at 4:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Sudanese rebels say they shot down an army helicopter and killed 26 government soldiers in fighting in Sudan’s southern Blue Nile state. A spokesman from the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North says the clashes took place earlier this week near the state capital of Ed Damazin. Army officials deny the rebels shot down one of their […]

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