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Somali Forces Recapture Barawe, Last Major Port Held by al-Shabab

Somali forces backed by African peacekeepers have retaken control of the southern port of Barawe, the last major port held by Islamist al-Shabab fighters. The key port, located 200 kilometers south of the capital, Mogadishu, had been held by al-Shabab since 2008.  The insurgents controlled the port to export $25 million worth of charcoal a year to Persian Gulf countries, which they used to fund their fight against the internationally backed government. Somali military official...

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