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Somalia tells UN agencies to move to Mogadishu

MOGADISHU – Somalia’s prime minister has told UN agencies to move their offices to its capital within 90 days, saying they were not helping the war-torn state from their bases in neighbouring Kenya.
Most aid agencies working in the country have moved their headquarters to Kenya to avoid kidnappings and frequent fighting between Islamists and government-allied troops in Somalia. “Somalia is not worse than Iraq and Afghanistan … We need you to stay with us and share with us the

Somalia anti-insurgency forces in major push

MOGADISHU – Somalia’s pro-government forces Tuesday closed in on bastions of the insurgent Shebab group, mounting their largest coordinated effort in years to wrest back the country from Al Qaeda-inspired rebels.
The offensive started last week with a major battle in Mogadishu that saw government troops reclaim large swathes of the capital, where the government had long been confined to a few blocks by the sea.
But government troops and their allies have in recent days

43 Burundian soldiers killed in Somalia offensive

BUJUMBURA – At least 43 Burundian soldiers have been killed and 110 have been wounded since the start of a Somali government-African Union offensive against insurgents on February 23, military sources said.
“The official toll given so far is totally false,” a military source in Mogadishu who requested anonymity told AFP.
“In reality, 43 soldiers of the Burundi contingent … have been killed, another four are missing and 110 were wounded during the last joint offensive …