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The New York Times | Jeffrey Gettleman | August 1, 2011

The Shabab Islamist insurgent group, which controls much of southern Somalia, is blocking starving people from fleeing the country and setting up a cantonment camp where it is imprisoning displaced people who were trying to escape Shabab territory.

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Philadelphia Inquirer
September 21, 2010
By Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press

SAN’A, Yemen – Thousands have fled a village in southern Yemen where security forces are laying siege to al-Qaeda extremists, a security official said Monday, signaling an escalation in the government’s U.S.-backed campaign to uproot the terror network’s local offshoot. Government forces have moved into the village of Hawta with tanks and armored vehicles, and 90 percent of its residents have fled, said Abdullah Baouda, police chief for the surrounding district.

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March 5, 2010

By Peter Beaumont, Guardian News

http://gulfnews.com/news/region/somalia/somalia-s-men-of-horror-1.590945

The plaque on the State House building in Hargeisa, capital of Somaliland, is an oblique commemoration to an event that never occurred. It was built in 1952 for a visit to the then British protectorate by the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth II. She never came. (more…)

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By DAILY MAIL REPORTER

Outraged southern Afghan villagers said today that a pre-dawn airstrike killed three children and a man in the latest case of civilian deaths at the hands of Western troops.

The U.S. military said it had killed four insurgents on motorcycles in that area and could not confirm any civilian fatalities.

Residents of Kowuk were seen bringing the bodies of three boys and a man to the guesthouse of the Kandahar governor from their village, 12 miles north of the provincial capital, Kandahar city. (more…)

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By ROBERT H. REID and KATHY GANNON (AP) – 1 hour ago

KABUL — President Hamid Karzai said Monday he wants new rules governing the conduct of U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan and would be willing to talk with Taliban leaders who publicly renounce violence and endorse peace. (more…)

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By David Miliband

Published: July 26 2009 19:03 | Last updated: July 26 2009 19:03

In recent weeks the debate about Afghanistan has centered on the UK military’s tactics and resources. The bravery and commitment of our forces has been remarkable, and the toll of death and injury from recent operations heavy. But the result is 80,000 to 100,000 Afghans secure from Taliban threats and violence, and able to vote in the Afghan elections on August 20. (more…)

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UPDATED ON: Saturday, July 25, 2009
18:17 Mecca time, 15:17 GMT
At least four people have been killed and 12 wounded after a car bomb exploded outside the offices of a Sunni Arab political party in the western Iraqi city of Fallujah, a police officer said. (more…)

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