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Barclays/Unreasonable
San Antonio
By TTM Originals
09 Jan 2018

Travis Green lost both legs from combat wounds while deployed as a Marine in Afghanistan. His injuries left him with little hope of picking back up the life he left at home. He’s a dad to five young girls, an avid martial arts practitioner and enjoys working on his truck and trekking around the wilderness of his land in San Antonio, Texas. “I wondered how I could do simple things again like climb a ladder and get on a roof.” Traditional prosthetics, he hoped, might give him a shot. Instead, he says, “I looked like Robocop. They were good for walking, but not for kneeling. And really heavy. Not good for getting under a truck or moving across different terrain.” He put his mechanical skills to work as his own test subject. In his own garage, he invented an early prototype of Stump Armour, a multipurpose foot design. It locks into his knee socket and gives him enough traction to move across pavement or a roof. He can even roll around when performing close to the ground activities like tinkering under his truck. This mobility allows him to perform a myriad of tasks he can’t do in traditional prosthetics. As a participant in the 100 Entrepreneurs Project and the Entrepreneurial Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV), he started a business to show other amputees that an active, outdoor lifestyle is attainable. Along the way, he met Samantha Snabes, NASA scientist and co-founder of re:3D. She invented a mid-sized 3D printer geared towards individuals and community businesses. Last winter, she kickstarted his business by printing a batch for his local veteran hospital. Since then, he’s honed the design and is hard at work training other veterans how to reclaim movement using Stump Armour. More than 1,300 American service members suffer from amputation due to injuries sus-tained while fighting in Afghanistan or Iraq. In addition to American veterans, Stump Ar-mour’s mission is to make devices as affordable as possible worldwide. “I want to em-power other amputees like myself to be more independent with certain tasks and to open more work options. An amputee in my position in a developing country often do not have many options for work to earn a living. With Stump Armour and future projects along the same concept, some amputees may have more fulfilling lives.”

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Stump Armor: Barclays/Unreasonable (L...
San Antonio
By TTM Originals
14 Apr 2017

Travis Green lost both legs from combat wounds while deployed as a Marine in Afghanistan. His injuries left him with little hope of picking back up the life he left at home. He’s a dad to five young girls, an avid martial arts practitioner and enjoys working on his truck and trekking around the wilderness of his land in San Antonio, Texas. “I wondered how I could do simple things again like climb a ladder and get on a roof.” Traditional prosthetics, he hoped, might give him a shot. Instead, he says, “I looked like Robocop. They were good for walking, but not for kneeling. And really heavy. Not good for getting under a truck or moving across different terrain.”

He put his mechanical skills to work as his own test subject. In his own garage, he invented an early prototype of Stump Armour, a multipurpose foot design. It locks into his knee socket and gives him enough traction to move across pavement or a roof. He can even roll around when performing close to the ground activities like tinkering under his truck. This mobility allows him to perform a myriad of tasks he can’t do in traditional prosthetics.

As a participant in the 100 Entrepreneurs Project and the Entrepreneurial Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV), he started a business to show other amputees that an active, outdoor lifestyle is attainable. Along the way, he met Samantha Snabes, NASA scientist and co-founder of re:3D. She invented a mid-sized 3D printer geared towards individuals and community businesses. Last winter, she kickstarted his business by printing a batch for his local veteran hospital. Since then, he’s honed the design and is hard at work training other veterans how to reclaim movement using Stump Armour.

More than 1,300 American service members suffer from amputation due to injuries sus-tained while fighting in Afghanistan or Iraq. In addition to American veterans, Stump Ar-mour’s mission is to make devices as affordable as possible worldwide. “I want to em-power other amputees like myself to be more independent with certain tasks and to open more work options. An amputee in my position in a developing country often do not have many options for work to earn a living. With Stump Armour and future projects along the same concept, some amputees may have more fulfilling lives.”

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
13 Nov 2016

Vytautas Pusvaskis joined the Soviet resistance in 1945 when he was 15 years old. He worked as an informant and a helper due to his young age. Vytautas was eventually captured and sentenced to death. At the same time, death was abolished in the Soviet Union and he was instead sent to a forced labour camp in Moldova, where he survived for 8 years before faking an illness and securing release. “I joined the RU in 1991, and I’m 87 years old now; and so I still serve.”

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
13 Nov 2016

Youngsters can join the union at the age of 11, but will not touch a real weapon until the age of 18. Regardless, militarised structure and discipline takes the leading role in their activities.

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
06 Nov 2016

National Defence Volunteers (KASP), part of the Lithuanian armed forces, storm a building occupied by the RU, who pose as the separatists.

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
06 Nov 2016

RU mount a formidable defense against the attacking infantry.

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
06 Nov 2016

KASP is bogged down in close-quarters combat, with the heavily entrenched RU fighters.

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
06 Nov 2016

Flare launched by the attacking military forces signals for the three-pronged attack to begin; heavy snow has fallen overnight.

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
05 Nov 2016

RU member prepares dud IEDs, to ring the ‘separatist’ HQ.

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
05 Nov 2016

Members of the RU wait for the assault to begin. Mindaugas, pictured on the left, said: “It’s just weird how a tiny country Lithuania is perceived by a much greater country, in the sense of size, as an enemy to them.”

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
05 Nov 2016

RU detain a ‘civilian’ carrying an IED through a makeshift checkpoint.

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
05 Nov 2016

Members of the RU prepare a meal on an open fire. All supplies are self-funded.

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
05 Nov 2016

RU commanders discuss last-minute defense plans for the morning’s assault.

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
22 Oct 2016

Neimantas Psilenskis, a member of the RU since he was 14 years old, gets married in the Kaunas Garrison Church. After permission was given to wear the ceremonial uniform, he was greeted by the Honorary Guard himself.

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Somalia: Seven Killed in Garowe Attack
Garowe
By Hornconnect Broadcast Services
20 Apr 2015

A bombing has targeted UNICEF staff in Garowe in the Puntland region of eastern Somalia, killing seven and wounding another seven. According to local officials, four foreign nationals were killed in the attack.

UNICEF staff were in their bus to work when an IED exploded next to their vehicle, possibly the work of a suicide bomber, officials say.

This video shows the aftermath of the attack: the destroyed UNICEF vehicle, stained vitcims' blood.

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Inside Look: Peshmerga Advance on ISI...
Kirkuk
By mushtaq mohammed
16 Mar 2015

Kirkuk, Iraq
March 16, 2015

A Kurdish Peshmerga force of dozens of fighters, armored vehicles and tanks advanced on ISIS positions near the town Dakouk in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk in northern Iraq.

This video, shot by a fighter who took part in the operation, features Kurdish fighters taking control of a military position where an ISIS flag had been hoisted.

Kurdish tanks can be seen bombing ISIS positions, believed to be only about a few hundred meters away. Video also features Kurdish fighters neutralizing what appear to be improvised explosive devices placed on the side of the road, while an armored vehicle convoy advances slowly in a rural area.

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Leftovers of ISIS: Inside a Liberated...
Tikrit
By mushtaq mohammed
15 Mar 2015

March 15, 2014
Tikrit, Iraq

Shiite militia officer, Abu Ismail, gives a tour of al-Alam, a suburb of Tikrit which until recently had been under the control of ISIS. Ismail shows ISIS graffiti on homes, a handmade explosive device hidden in an electronic tablet and detonators, as well as pro-ISIS leaflets giving instructions on the best way to pledge allegiance to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi’s caliphate.

In coordination with Shiite militias, the Iraqi Army was able to drive ISIS out of the area of al-Alam as part of their offensive to retake Tikrit.

Shot list/ transcription:

01:18
Medium of fighter spraying “Ali al-Akbar Brigade” on wall

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, man) Abu Ismail, Popular Mobilization officer
01:18 – 03:50

“This house, which we will raid, belongs to an officer in the Salahuddin Police. ISIS members took it by force. They closed it and left it behind. We begin with this writing [Reads in Arabic: “The State”] which ISIS fighters wrote. Please come with me so that I would show you the other writings.
[Lettering in Arabic reads: “Estates of the Islamic State”] ISIS members wrote this slogan on all the houses that they have taken over. They consider themselves to be the rightful owners of any house whose original owner supported the [Iraqi] government, is a Shiite, or does not follow their teachings. They confiscate the properties, cattle, land, women and anything that belongs to such a person. ‘The State of Islam shall remain.’ This is proof that they were present in this house. Now, God willing, we will open the house and see what is inside. These are detonators. This is a mobile tablet, commonly used but people for communication or guidance. This is the [explosive] dough. They have booby-trapped it. As soon as a call is made to this tablet, while the battery is in place, it will explode. These are the detonators, used to set off explosive devices. This house is in al-Dour housing complex. May the owner rest in peace. What is his name?
What is his name, Abu Hussein?
Regarding this issue…
Interviewer: Will this explode?
The battery is in place, however, the device should be charged to enable them to contact this device from another one. As soon a call is established between another device and this one, a detonation will be triggered. This little piece of dough, as we understood from explosives experts, can kill from four to ten people – this little piece of dough. If it was compressed, the explosion would be stronger.”

03:59 – 04:21
As soon as we entered the house – we still have not gone in deeply yet – we found military equipment and outfits [that were] used by ISIS members. They confiscated these outfits from police and army headquarters.

04:22 – 05:57
Close-up of ISIS pamphlet in Arabic, reads: “Extend your hands to pledge allegiance to Baghdadi.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, man) Abu Ismail, Popular Mobilization officer

04:27 –
These fliers were given out to people in various regions. This is about people pledging allegiance the damned Baghdadi. “Extend your hands to pledge allegiance to Baghdadi.” There is a drawing of hands, one belonging to Baghdadi and the other to the person pledging allegiance.
It was published by the hypocrite – a so-called muhajhid, but he is neither a sheikh nor a mujahid – Turki al-Ben Ali, Abi Sufian al-Salami.
Even the printing house –if the camera can show this clearly… this was published in the “Islamic State’s Printing Establishment.” Also, here is written “Al-Himma Bookstore.” These are the [visible] titles.
Here are written the conditions that the person pledging allegiance should follow. They start with specific points or titles that have nothing to do with Islam. They are far from any Islamic value.
We shall continue to search.
This flag… they have used as slogan these sacred words in every house, alley, village, region, or government office. They have nothing to do with this slogan.”

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IS attack on Makhmour District South ...
Makhmour
By Jeffry Ruigendijk
21 Feb 2015

NOTE: No audio from 3:30 to 4:17

In the evening of Feb. 21st, IS launched their second attack in three days on the Makhmour District 35 miles south of Erbil. The Makhmour District is important to the IS because it is their lifeline to Kirkuk and Mosul. Around 21.00 PM an estimated 200 IS fighters entered the village of Tel Rim. After 3 hours of fighting and 8 airstrikes 63 IS fighters died and IS retreated.

This footage shows Makhmour commander Najat Ali Salih arriving in Tel Rim on the morning of 22 Feb. He surveys the village and boasts about knowing about the attack beforehand because of his IS spies. After seeing many dead IS fighters he leaves the town. On the road back one of the Humvees in his convoy hits an IED and three wounded Peshmerga are driven off.

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Peshmerga Units Clear Explosives Laid...
Kirkuk, Makhmour
By Osie Greenway
13 Feb 2015

According to Kurdish government and Peshmerga officials, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and mines planted by Islamic State militants are the biggest cause of death for Peshmerga forces. ISIS has adopted the tactic of heavily seeding all of the territory it withdraws from with the devices with the intent of slowing down Peshmerga advances. Some IEDs are also intentionally left in fields and homes to target civilians according to Kurdish officials. These images are from frontlines with a Kurdish military engineer team specialized in explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), and a farmer who is affected by IEDs after returning home after weeks of heavy fighting in Makhmour. These images follow with an article that includes demining NGO MAG who weighs in on the issue and has been clearing mines in Iraq for 30 years, as does the mayor of the Kurdish city of Makhmour, whose community is still dealing with getting rid of massive amounts of IEDs ISIS left behind to cover their retreat. 

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Peshmerga Units Clear Explosives Laid...
Kirkuk, Makhmour
By Jeffry Ruigendijk
08 Feb 2015

The amount of IEDs left by the Islamic State is staggering. 'Not normal', says the mayor of Makhmour. According to Kurdish government and Peshmerga officials, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and mines planted by Islamic State militants are the biggest cause of casualties for Peshmerga forces. ISIS has adopted the tactic of heavily seeding all of the territory it withdraws from with the deadly devices, with the intent of slowing down Peshmerga advances. Some IEDs are also intentionally left in fields and homes to target civilians according to Kurdish officials. We go to the frontlines with a Peshmerga engineer team specialized in dismantling the devices, and speak to a farmer who is affected by Islamic State IEDs. The mayor of the city of Makhmour, whose community is still dealing with getting rid of massive amounts of IEDs ISIS left in August, also weighs in on the subject.

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Peshmerga IED Disposal Units at War w...
Kirkuk
By Jeffry Ruigendijk
05 Feb 2015

According to Kurdish government and Peshmerga officials, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and mines planted by Islamic State militants are the biggest cause of death for Peshmerga forces. ISIS has adopted the tactic of heavily seeding all of the territory it withdraws from with the devices with the intent of slowing down Peshmerga advances. Some IEDs are also intentionally left in fields and homes to target civilians according to Kurdish officials. We go to the frontlines with a Kurdish military engineer team specialized in dismantling the devices, and speak to a farmer who is affected by IEDs. Mining NGO MAG also weighs in on the issue, as does the mayor of the Kurdish city of Makhmour, whose community is still dealing with getting rid of massive amounts of IEDs ISIS left in August.

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Battle for Mula Abdula Kirkuk, Iraq
Kirkuk, Iraq
By Osie Greenway
02 Feb 2015

Responding to an incursion by Islamic State fighters on the southern outskirts of Kirkuk on Jan. 30, Saturday Peshmerga PUK fighters went on the offensive, launching an attack on the ISIS-held village of Mula Abdulla just five kilometers south of Maktab Khaled.

 

Supported by anti-ISIS coalition airstrikes from A-10 and F-16 aircraft, approximately 600 Peshmerga fighters used tanks, RPGs, and small arms to assault what they estimated to be 250 ISIS fighters holed up in the village. ISIS responded with mortars and small arms, and as of dusk, the battle for Mula Abdulla was still at a standstill. However, ISIS return fire greatly diminished after several passes by an A-10, which struck their mortar positions to the cheers of Peshmerga fighters taking cover behind a berm just 30 feet away.

 

An improvised explosive device struck at least one Peshmerga vehicle; the Kurds warned that many of the devices in the immediate area—held by ISIS just days before—could pose a threat to Kurdish operations. Peshmerga authorities conducted controlled detonations of some the devices they found, as well as buried with a bulldozer the corpses of ISIS fighters killed the day before.  

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Wounded Dutch Kurdish YPG Fighter (re...
Qamishili, Syria
By Andrew Nunn
23 Jan 2015

Interview with Richard Jansen (aka "Sarahat Bhotan") at Qamishili YPG Military Hospital, "Nexwesxaneya S.Xebat"

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Dutch Fighter Wounded in Battle for S...
YPG medical clinic in Al-Qamishili, Syria
By Andrew Nunn
23 Jan 2015

In the city of Qamishili, inside of Rojava Syrian Kurdistan, a Dutch man is recovering inside of a hospital for the Kurdish fighters of the YPG. He was reportedly wounded by an Improvised Explosive Device in the city of Shingal, where the battle against the Islamic State is in full swing.

“I just don’t know what happened. Someone got I.E.D. on me. I don’t remember anything. I just remember, they told me I got an I.E.D. on my head. They screwed me over. I just don’t know what happened, man. Just blacked out.”

Dr Abat Abu Mohammad, "Sarahat Bhotan... (Alias, actual identity withheld) When he came to us from Shingal, he'd been hit with shrapnel and he was in shock. When he came the surgeon and all the doctors gathered in. We called more doctors, and all of them came. The comrade was in a coma when he got here and there was some shrapnel in his head and his face and hands. The shrapnel came from bombs and a mortar rocket -- what the Islamic State terrorists are using. We did an operation, and took the Shrapnel out of his head, two pieces of the shrapnel were large pieces, and we were just hoping for our comrade to live. He spent five days in the intensive care unit. He's been on IV infusion and some things and he's started to get better and better.”

While the Dutchman known as Bhotan by his comrades in the YPG, fights to make a full recovery, the YPG and many other Kurdish factions of the Peshmerga continue to fight for the city of Shingal and Sinjar Mountain.

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Dutch Fighter Wounded in Battle for S...
Al-Qamishili, Syria
By Andrew Nunn
23 Jan 2015

In the Kurdish controlled city of Qamishili, Syria, a Dutch man is recovering inside of a hospital for the Kurdish fighters of the YPG. He was reportedly wounded by an Improvised Explosive Device in the city of Shingal, Iraq, where the battle against the Islamic State is in full swing.

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Israel's Unmanned Ground Combat Vehicles
Israel
By Oren Rosenfeld
21 Jan 2015

Like drones in the sky, unmanned armored remote control land vehicles are already seeing extensive action on the Israel-Gaza border. The Israeli Army is now the first and only Army in the world that uses these land drones in combat zones. The unmanned remote control vehicles come in two sizes and are armed with 0.5 Calibre Machine guns and other classified armoury. The vehicles are controlled and driven by IDF women operators only and patrol the border between Israel and the Hamas controlled Gaza strip, replacing manned patrols and saving lives and manpower. During the years they have been operational, the unmanned patrols have been attacked twice by IED`S and machine gunfire. They have discovered breaches in the border fence and chased down infiltrators. During the last 50 day war between Israel and Hamas, they carried out many missions, mostly suppllying fighting units with food and ammunition behind enemy lines. They also conducted surveillance operations. "This is the future of the modern combat field " says the commander of this unique unit.

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Western Lions of Rojava: Dutch Citize...
YPG Hospital Qamishili
By Andrew Nunn
20 Jan 2015

In the city of Qamishili, inside of Rojava Syrian Kurdistan, a Dutch man is recovering inside of a hospital for the Kurdish fighters of the YPG. He was reportedly wounded by an Improvised Explosive Device in the city of Shingal, where the battle against the Islamic State is in full swing.

“I just don’t know what happened. Someone got I.E.D. on me. I don’t remember anything. I just remember, they told me I got an I.E.D. on my head. They screwed me over. I just don’t know what happened, man. Just blacked out.”

Dr Abat Abu Mohammad, "Sarahat Bhotan... (Alias, actual identity withheld) When he came to us from Shingal, he'd been hit with shrapnel and he was in shock. When he came the surgeon and all the doctors gathered in. We called more doctors, and all of them came. The comrade was in a coma when he got here and there was some shrapnel in his head and his face and hands. The shrapnel came from bombs and a mortar rocket -- what the Islamic State terrorists are using. We did an operation, and took the shrapnel out of his head, two pieces of the shrapnel were large pieces, and we were just hoping for our comrade to live. He spent five days in the intensive care unit. He's been on IV infusion and some things and he's started to get better and better.”

While the Dutchman known as Bhotan by his comrades in the YPG, fights to make a full recovery, the YPG and many other Kurdish factions of the Peshmerga continue to fight for the city of Shingal and Sinjar Mountain.

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baghdad
By Faysal Mortada
23 Dec 2014

Each element of ISIS grown 70 explosive device in the day .. and explosive materials are from the retreating army ammunition.

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Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
08 Sep 2014

A Somali soldier stands in front of one of two minibuses that were hit by a suicide car bomb (VBIED) 20Km outside of Mogadishu on 9 September 2014.

12 civilians were killed and 27 wounded. Despite being weakened, Al Shabab were still able to carry out ambushes and attacks using improvised explosive devices (IEDs). These would often hit military targets, but would end up killing and maiming scores of civilians. Al Shabab displayed a blatant disregard for civilian casualties in their fight agains AMISOM/the government.

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Somalia: Routing Al-Shabab
Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
31 Aug 2014

2011-2014

These photos profile the efforts over the past years of the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) to route Al-Shabab from its strongholds in Somalia.
Beginning with a large offensive in 2011, aimed at ending Al-Shabab rule in Somalia, Mogadishu was quickly retaken. Since then, AMISOM forces were able to steadily push Al-Shabab militants out of the outlying areas under their control.
In the summer and fall of 2014, AMISOM launched Operation Indian Ocean, which was another offensive aimed at eradicating pockets of Al-Shabab fighters still stationed in the Somali countryside. 

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Somalia: Routing Al-Shabab 07
Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
31 Aug 2014

Soldiers from UPDF 62 battalion sit in a Casspir Armoured Personnel Carrier on the way to join in the attack on KurtunWaraay on 31 August 2014. Somalia is big and mobility is key to AMISOM's ability to reclaim Al Shabaab controlled territory. Offensives thus involved a variety of armored personnel carriers to allow for movement of troops.

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Beled Amin
By Noe Falk Nielsen
29 Aug 2014

Ugandan AMISOM soldier guarding the outer perimeter at the forward operating base in Beled Amin during Operation Indian Ocean on 29 August 2014.

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Somalia: Routing Al-Shabab 06
Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
29 Aug 2014

As Al Shabaab lost their footholds around Mogadishu, and forces from other countries joined AMISOM, Somalia was carved up in sectors, each under control of an AMISOM contingent. Here a Ugandan Army colonel stands in front of his tank battalion in preparation for Operation Indian Ocean to reclaim the cities of Bulo Marer, Kurtunwaraay and eventually Barawe, in Lower Shabelle. 29 August 2014.

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Wounded Afghan Police Officer Carried...
Kabul, Afghanistan
By johnjournalist
25 May 2013

An Afghan police officer is carried away from the site of a major battle with the Taliban in Kabul, Afghanistan. May 2013.

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Somalia: Routing Al-Shabab 12
Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
29 Jan 2013

The head of a suicide bomber, who blew himself up outside of State House, the seat of the government, in Mogadishu on 29 January 2013.

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Somalia: Routing Al-Shabab 04
Arabiska
By Noe Falk Nielsen
24 May 2012

A Ugandan T55 tank sits on the ridge overlooking Afgoye, during Operation Free Shabelle on 24 May 2012. Having superior fire power and a willingness to accept casualties, the Ugandan People's Defense Forces, supported by the Burundian National Defense Forces slowly pushed Al Shabab out of the capital and subsequently the regional population centers.

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Somalia: Routing Al-Shabab 05
Arabiska
By Noe Falk Nielsen
24 May 2012

By May 2012, the Somali National Army was showing signs of coherence and the 6th Brigade fought alongside the Ugandan Army as the African Union Mission to Somalia captured the strategic city of Afgoye. The offensive was the first proper move out of Mogadishu and into Al Shabab's heartland. 24 May 2012.

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Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
22 May 2012

Dead Al Shabaab fighter in the bush during Operation Free Shabelle to take the town of Afgoye on 23 May 2011.