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US-Trained Somali Commandos Fight Al-Shabab

Of all the ways the United States is helping Somalia's fledgling national government, none may be more important than training the country's first rapid reaction force, known as "Gaashaan," or "the shield.” When al-Shabab militants stormed the Somali parliament building on May 24, Gaashaan soldiers were quickly sent from their base at the Mogadishu airport to reinforce African Union troops.  According to witnesses, the Gaashaan team fought the gunmen at the...

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