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March 30, 2011

United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa is urging President Jacob Zuma to call for an urgent meeting on the UN SC to review Resolution 9173 on Libya.

In an open letter to Zuma, he said it was crystal clear to everybody by now that the decision to support the council’s resolution unwittingly gave support to a military intervention by the West in Libya.

“The allied forces, which seem to be the military wing of the Security Council, are brazenly and openly using lethal weapons in their quest to protect the so-called civilians. (more…)

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3/28/11

During the annual joint meeting of the Ministers of Finance and economy of the African Union, Commissioner Piebalgs confirmed European Commission’s support to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) by announcing an additional EUR 65.9 million to help keep the peacekeeping force in place and provide them with the means to do their job more easily, including medical care, transport and allowances. (more…)

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By: George Obulutsa; editing by Mark Heinrich

March 26, 2011

MOGADISHU, March 26 (Reuters) – Uganda and Burundi said on Saturday they have committed 3,000 extra troops to the African Union mission in Somalia, bolstering the fight against insurgents.

The U.N.-backed Transitional Federal Government of President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed controls part of the capital, and AMISOM — AU troops from Uganda and Burundi — is fighting to keep two hardline Islamist insurgent groups from taking over the rest. (more…)

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MOGADISHU — Fresh fighting broke out in Mogadishu on Friday as pro-government forces and their African Union backers continued an offensive against Al Qaeda-linked Shebab Islamists, sources said. (more…)

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(AFP) – 3 days ago

MOGADISHU — Four civilians were killed on Saturday after clashes broke out between Somali soldiers backed by African Union forces and Al Qaeda-inspired insurgents, medical sources and witnesses said. (more…)

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Weekend article documents the killing and wounding of civilians after African Union peacekeeping forces and insurgents clash in residential districts.  While this report claims that 6 civilians were killed and 10 were injured, subsequent posting titled “Four civilians killed in Mogadishu clashes” report slightly different numbers.  Final counts on civilian casualties not yet published.

By MOHAMMED IBRAHIM and JEFFREY GETTLEMAN
Published: February 20, 2011

MOGADISHU, Somalia — At least 20 people were killed and dozens wounded in heavy fighting in Somalia’s capital over the weekend, as African Union forces attacked an extensive underground fortification system of trenches and tunnels used by Islamist insurgents. (more…)

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Source: Agence France-Presse (AFP)

Date: 30 Nov 2010
MOGADISHU — A heavy firefight between African Union forces protecting Somalia’s fragile government and Islamist rebels killed at least nine civilians in Mogadishu Tuesday, medical sources and witnesses said.

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