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Somalia Aims to Expel Islamist Rebels from Strongholds in 2014

A military offensive led by an expanded African peacekeeping force aims to drive Somali Islamist rebels out of their remaining strongholds by the end of 2014, the Somali prime minister said on Wednesday. Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheik Ahmed, appointed in December, said al Shabaab rebels who “look like us” would still be able to infiltrate communities but said the goal was to ensure they did not control “distinct areas” of the country as they do now. Al Shabaab ruled most of the southern...

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