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FSA and Kurdish Forces Battle in Aleppo
Aleppo
By omariq
24 Feb 2016

Photos taken on the frontlines near Ashrafieh District in northern Aleppo. Heavy clashes are taking place in the opposition-held area between the Free Syrian Army and Kurdish YPG fighters backed by soldiers of the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The YPG (armed wing of the PYD) have launched an offensive in northern Aleppo as they attempt to take control over strategic areas on the Syrian Turkish border.

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Free Syrian Army Tank Fires at YPG in...
Aleppo
By omariq
24 Feb 2016

Free Syrian Army tank fires at the Kurdish YPG fighters in Ashrafieh District in northern Aleppo.

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Free Syrian Army Tank Rolls in Aleppo
Aleppo
By omariq
22 Feb 2016

Free Syrian Army tank advances in the al-Sakan al-Shababi District near the Ashrafieh District in northern Aleppo.

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Free Syrian Army Shell YPG Position i...
Aleppo
By omariq
22 Feb 2016

Free Syrian Army (FSA) makeshift cannon targets the Kurdish YPG fighters on the frontline in Ashrafieh District in northern Aleppo.

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Free Syrian Army Shell YPG Forces in ...
Aleppo
By omariq
22 Feb 2016

Free Syrian Army (FSA) makeshift cannon targets the Kurdish YPG fighters on the frontline in Ashrafieh District in northern Aleppo.

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Syrian Soldiers Surrounded by Nusra F...
Jisr al-Shughour, Syria
By Abdu al-Fadel
11 May 2015

Jisr al-Shughour, Syria
May 11, 2015

More than 200 Syrian government fighters, possibly including high ranking officers, are believed to have been besieged in the government hospital complex in the town of Jisr al-Shughour for more than two weeks. This is one of the few locations where Syrian regime forces still exist in Idlib province. Syrian government forces have failed to break the siege despite several airstrikes and ground operations.

This video offers an inside look at positions held by the Nusra Front within the wrecked hospital complex, which has become a battlefield. Rebel fighters control three of the hospital's four main buildings.

Rebel military commanders speculated in interviews that high ranking Syrian, Iranian and Russian military officers, as well as the governor of Idlib might be caught in the remaining building.

SHOTLIST

Wide of building where Syrian government troops are hiding

Medium of Nusra Front fighter behind sandbags

Close-up of rifle tip

Various inside blood bank building held by Nusra Front

Various of destroyed buildings

Various inside the blood bank building

Wide of building held by regime forces

Various of Nusra Front fighters

Interview with Abu Zain al-Abidin, Nusra Front commander

Various of Abu Zain al-Abdidin with other Nusra Front fighters

Interview with unnamed Nusra Front fighter

Various of a room that was used as a detention center by regime forces

Interview with unnamed Nusra Front fighter

Close-up of graffiti written by regime fighters

Various of Nusra Front fighters attempting to approach regime-held building

Various of wrecked cars and killed regime fighters’ corpses

Medium of tank

Interview with Abu Omar al-Zaybaq, a Nusra Front commander

Various of regime-held building

Close-up of empty bullet casings

Various of Nusra Front fighters shooting at regime-held building

Wide of regime-held building

TRANSCRIPT

SOUNDBITE (Man, Arabic) Abu Zain al-Abidin , Nusra Front Commander
(02:10 – 03:53)

02:10
“In the name of God, peace be upon God’s Messenger, and thanks be to God. We are inside Jisr al-Shughour Hospital. Over there is the hospital’s main gate; here is the external clinics building behind me. This is the external clinics building. We are now in the hospital’s surrounding.
Q: We heard that high ranking officers from regime forces are inside the hospital. What kind of information do you have about this? And what is the approximate number of people inside the hospital, which you are now besieging?
A: The estimated number of people is 250. There might be high ranking personalities or the governor [of Idlib province]. There might be important personalities.
Q: In reaction, what did the regime do to break the siege and how did you manage to push back the regime forces?
A: It [the regime] is using all sorts of weapons, such as warplanes; it is trying with all sorts of weapons, but, thanks be to God, we are prepared to confront it. We shall retaliate with sophisticated and modern means. The regime will witness surprises in the next few hours.

03:26
We enforced a security perimeter with a radius of about five to six km and they could not withdraw. If they were able to withdraw they would have done it. Some of them withdrew but the others could not.
Our attack, thanks be to God, was very fast and we were able to enforce the siege unexpectedly. The perimeter we enforced on them was large. They were not able to withdraw. If they could withdraw they would have done it.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Unnamed Nusra Front Fighter
04:17 – 04:53
“We are now at the external clinics building in the National Hospital of Jisr al-Shughour. The infidel enemy is located in that building, which is a few meters away. We are now closing down on them with the help of God Almighty.
God willing, we will storm the building with explosive-rigged cars the likes of which the regime has not seen.
The men we have brought to fight you love death as much as you love life. We have brought migrant as well as local fighters. Thanks be to God.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Unnamed Nusra Front Fighter
(05:17 – 05:54) “This is not a prison. This is supposed to be a hospital. However, God’s enemy turned this into a cell to detain Muslims. Unfortunately, look how Muslims draw on the walls. May God help us. [UNINTELLIGIBLE] Prisoners had no knives or weapons and were placed in the second floor underground. May God help us; may God help us. God willing, we have come to cut your throats.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Abu Omar al-Zaybaq
(07:26 – 08:40)

07:26
“In the name of God, In the course of the hospital battle, thank be to God we are besieging [regime members] from all sides. Thanks be to God, we have controlled the three [main] buildings. There are one more building and the basement left.
God willing, we will soon be inside the basement where Assad’s gangs are located, which is where secrets are kept.

08:01
Q: What are these secrets? What is it that enabled people besieged in a single building to hold on?
A: God knows better, but it is said that the regime is so ferocious in trying to keep this hospital. God knows better, there might be high ranking officers, who could be Iranians or Russians. There could also be chemical weapons.
In the next few days we will bring you new information.”

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Militiamen Target Houthi Sniper in Ad...
Aden, Yemen
By Edouard Dufrasne
06 May 2015

Video shows Popular Committees militiamen in the Sheikh Othman neighborhood of Aden, Yemen targeting a Houthi sniper using a tank and a machine gun mounted on a pickup truck.

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The Fight for Aden's Airport
Aden, Yemen
By Edouard Dufrasne
04 May 2015

Aden, Yemen
May 3-4, 2015

Popular Committees fighters, with the help of special forces who arrived on the same day from Saudi Arabia, launched a large-scale attack in order to retake the airport from the Houthi militias on May 3. On that night, Saudi jet fighters carried out between 120 and 150 airstrikes on that strategically significant infrastructure. The next day, on May 4, the battle for Aden's airport is raging even more than the previous day.

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Intense Combat Footage from Inside th...
Tikrit
By mushtaq mohammed
16 Apr 2015

Tikrit, Iraq
April 1, 2014

Inside footage, recorded with a camera attached to a cameraman’s body, offers an intimate look at a battle between Iraqi forces and ISIS over control of the city of Tikrit. Dozens of fighters from the Federal Police Special Forces, the Iraqi Army and Shiite militias advance through an open field to the sounds of heavy gunshots and flying warplanes.

Combatants, shouting war cries in praise of Muslim Shiite saints, quickly run through marshes and between low hills before reaching heavily war damaged buildings. The fighters stop when some of them suspect a booby-trapped wire before eventually recommencing their advance.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced that his forces had recaptured the strategic city of Tikrit on Tuesday March 30, 2015. The official Iraqiya television station published a headline quoting the PM's words: “Tikrit has fallen to us. However, local sources in Tikrit say that ISIS still controls many parts of the city and that heavy fighting is still going on.

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(Arabic) 01:21 – 01:36

“There is a wire in front of me. It is a wire that triggers an explosive device. Bashir! Be careful! There is an explosive device. Do not move.”

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Iraqi Forces Sweep ISIS-Controlled A...
Tikrit
By mushtaq mohammed
31 Mar 2015

Iraqi government forces backed by the Ali al-Akbar Brigade Shiite militia that forms part of the umbrella militia group called the Popular Mobilization (al-Hashid al-Shaabi) clash with ISIS militants less than 2km from the heart of Tikrit.

Media reports quoted Iraqi army and Shiite militia commanders as saying their forces have retaken the Salahuddine province governor's headquarters in central Tikrit from ISIS.

SHOTLIST

Wide of officers reading a map
Wide of fighters advancing through large in a wall
Various of fighters setting up and firing a mortar
Wide of fighters firing machinegun mounted on armored vehicle
Wide of tank moving
Various of armored vehicles
Various of fighters shooting at remote buildings
Various of fighters running across open field
Wide of fighters and Iraqi flag on top of a building
Various of fighters running across open field
Various of fighters and armored vehicles
Wide of tank advancing
Wide of buildings being targeted with gunshots
Wide of smoke rising from explosion
Wide of fighter praying next to armored vehicle
Wide of fighters inside a moving armored vehicle
Various of fighters on top of a building shooting
Wide of fighter firing rocket-propelled grenade
Wide of a paramedic taking a fighter’s blood pressure

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This Is How ISIS Refines Oil in Mosul
Mosul, Iraq
By omariq
27 Mar 2015

March 2015
Mosul, Iraq

On the roads around Mosul, Iraq's second largest city and taken by ISIS in June 2014, it is not uncommon to see roadside oil transactions.

In between ISIS billboards, civilians pull up to oil tankers parked on the side of the road to buy gas, petrol, and diesel to meet their daily needs.

Secret footage filmed in a town south of Mosul city shows a makeshift oil refinery, one of more than 2,000 similar installations, according to local sources. A Transterra Media contributor describes the refining process that takes place at the site, which was vacant at the time of filming.

Crude oil is brought to such refineries from wells in the provinces of Salahuddine and Mosul. Refined oil products are then sold in neighboring villages through distributors licensed by ISIS.

ISIS has divided Mosul province into three administrative districts: Wilayat (or province of) Mosul, which includes Mosul city and the Nineveh plain; Wilayat Dijla, south of Mosul city; and Wilayat al-Jazeera, west of Mosul city. The militant group considers Mosul the capital of its self-proclaimed state.

According to locals, ISIS controls the entire oil trade in the area. No one can sell oil without its permission.

The contributor's identity and the name of the town have been withheld at the contributor's request.

Shot List:

Traveling of road sign that reads: "The Islamic State. Wilayat [province] of Dijla." NOTE: The name of the town was blurred for security reasons.
Traveling of road sign that reads: "The Islamic State. Wilayat Dijla
Traveling of mobile oil tanker parked on roadside selling fuel to passersby
Various of makeshift oil refinery with voice over

Voice Over (Arabic)
00:38 – 02:17

“This is an oil refinery in Mosul. Crude oil is poured into these barrels. The barrels are then emptied into this tank, under which fire is started. When temperature rises, crude oil evaporates. Steam comes out of these tubes, which pass through water in order for steam to condense and become liquid.
Liquid comes out here. First, gasoline is collected. Afterwards, white oil [kerosene] comes out of the pipes, followed by gas oil [fuel oil].
Lighter substances come out first, followed by denser ones. These substances are then sold on the market.”

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IDEX (International Defence Exhibitio...
Abu Dhabi
By WL
22 Feb 2015

The International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates February 22 to 26, 2015.

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Returning to Kobani 18
Kobani, Syria
By Bedir
06 Feb 2015

A destroyed tank on "Meshteh Nour" hill.

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Iraqi Forces Dismantle ISIS Bombs in ...
Anbar
By mushtaq mohammed
02 Dec 2014

December 3, 2014
Anbar, Iraq

Police and Iraqi government forces dismantle bombs planted by ISIS fighters in mosques and civilian homes in Al-Hoz, Anbar before they retreated. Fierce battles between ISIS and forces loyal to the Iraqi government continue in Iraq's largest province. The Iraqi government has launched a full scale military offensive to secure Anbar. The footage shows a large number of booby traps that were planted by ISIS.

00:00

Various shots of a tank firing a shell.

00:56

Wide shot of officers near a tank.

01:02

Various shots of SWAT officers inspecting explosive devices.

01:41

Interview, security officer addresses soldiers (Man, Arabic)

“Hold on for a few days; they have collapsed. They do not even have any gear. They can no longer resist. God willing, this issue will be over in two or three days. God bless you.”

01:59

Wide shot of fighters carrying explosive devices.

02:10

Interview, security member carrying explosive device (Man, Arabic)

“This is supposed to be a mosque dedicated to God.”

02:17

Interview, security member (Man, Arabic)

“They planted these explosives in a mosque, which is dedicated to God. Let the silent clerics hear this.”

02:25

Interview, security member (Man, Arabic)

“These are the heroes in front of you – the ranks and officers. They are willing to sacrifice their lives. This explosive device weighs 20 kilograms. They placed it in a mosque; this is not Islam. They say: ‘We are the sons of [local] clans’– but they Arabs and… foreigners. They planted [bombs] in homes. Why?

“You can see the bombs in front of you. God willing, security forces are in control.”

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Tank Battle in Aleppo
Aleppo
By mustafa sultan
30 Oct 2014

October 26-31, 2014
Aleppo, Syria

Intense combat footage shows Islamic Front and Free Syrian Army forces battling the Syrian Army in Aleppo using captured tanks. The Islamic Front and the FSA are the primary factions in control of rebel held Aleppo, including key parts of the battered old city.

Translation:

"We have been in this Mosque for over a year and it is very precious to us as it is one of the great Islamic sites. We are defending it against the horrible regime [of Bashar al-Assad] that shells and bombs without considering the people or the religious sites. We are still defending our city. We follow orders to take down the regime and the president, and then liberate ourselves. We are still hanging on, trying to maintain what is left of Aleppo. With God's help, we will hopefully be liberated from this regime."

Shots List:

Shot 1: Fighters from the FSA and the Islamic Front defending an attack by the regime at the frontline of Sifat
Shot 2: Clashes between the regime and the rebels in Handarat
Shot 3: Clashes between the rebels and the regime
Shot 4: Shot of the Citadel of Aleppo, that is under the control of the regime
Shot 5: Military group commander in the old town of Aleppo and the guard of the Ummayad Mosque in Aleppo

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Jabhat al-Nusra Attacks ISIS
al-Zirr, Syria
By TTM Contributor 24
06 May 2014

Jabhat al-Nusra fighters assault an ISIS position in the town of al-Zirr in eastern Deir Ezzour province in Syria on May 7, 2014.

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The ruins of a Government Tank at Azaz
Azaz, Syria
By pathilsman
30 Nov 2012

A government Tank that was destroyed by the FSA lies in ruins at Azaz

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Inside a destroyed Tank
Azaz, Syria
By pathilsman
30 Nov 2012

The inside of a destroyed government Tank at Azaz

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Destroyed Syrian Government Tank
Azaz, Syria
By pathilsman
30 Nov 2012

A government tank lies destroyed in Azaz Syria.

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Aftermath of Heavy Clashes
Azaz, Syria
By pathilsman
30 Oct 2012

A Syrian Government tank lies in ruins at Azaz.

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Women in Syria, Azaz Children
Azaz, Syria
By AnnaThereseDay
02 Oct 2012

Organizers cross the border into "Free Syria" in order to deliver aid to those Syrians stuck outside of Turkey. Children play amidst the rubble of tanks and shelled civilian targets, stuck in Syria unable to enter Turkey.

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Editor's Picks 16 September 2012
Middle East
By Editor's Picks
15 Sep 2012

Cairo Calms Down After Violent Protests

Gunmen Open Fire At Arish Police Department, North Sinai

Morsi & Bashir Discuss Regional Developments Between Egypt And Sudan

Crowds Gathered In Jordan, Shaking Their Shoes At America
Friday Night Unrest At US Embassy In Jordan

Azaz, Syria's northernmost border with Turkey, has seen its share of fighting and now lives with the remnants. Bombed out schools, tanks and factories are whats left for the villagers whose children enjoy playing on the tanks.

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Children pose on top of a burnt-out t...
Azaz, Syria,
By Ms_R
14 Sep 2012

Azaz has seen brutal fighting in order to secure the northernmost crossing with Turkey. The remnants of fighting and the subsequent shelling that left 50 dead are seen throughout the town, in burnt-out tanks and piles of rubble.

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Children play on a tank amidst a pile...
Azaz, Syria,
By Ms_R
14 Sep 2012

Azaz has seen brutal fighting in order to secure the northernmost crossing with Turkey. The remnants of fighting and the subsequent shelling are seen throughout the town, in burnt-out tanks and piles of rubble. The shelling, on the 15th August, killed an estimated 50 people.

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A burnt out tank amidst piles of rubb...
Azaz, Syria,
By Ms_R
14 Sep 2012

Azaz has seen brutal fighting in order to secure the northernmost crossing with Turkey. The remnants of fighting and the subsequent shelling, that saw 50 dead, are seen throughout the town, in burnt-out tanks and piles of rubble.

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A Syrian Army soldier in Idlib
Idlib, Syria
By info
23 Mar 2012

Idlib, Syria | March 21, 2012

A Syrian Army soldier on guard in front of a tank in Idlib.

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AMISOM in Mogadishu 11
Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
20 Jan 2012

The fighting was fierce and ambushes a constant danger. Al Shabaab was capable and resourceful and AMISOM took serious casualties as they slowly pushed Al Shabaab out of the capital. Here an AMISOM ambulance was hit by a recoilless rifle grenade, the grenade going straight through the cabin wounding the already wounded soldiers further during the Mogadishu University Offensive on 20 January 2012.

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AMISOM in Mogadishu 08
Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
04 Nov 2011

The AMISOM soldiers received training both pre-deployment and while in-country. Fighting in the streets of Mogadishu, Urban Warfare, represented a new kind of war for the Ugandan Army that had specialised in bush war rather than Urban combat. Here Ugandan soldiers arriving at the Al Jazeera training camp south of Mogadishu for training on 4 November 2011.

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Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
02 Nov 2011

The fighting in Mogadishu was done from building to building and block to block and few house were left unscarred. The fighting was fierce and hiding places aplenty in the ruined city. Here a Ugandan soldier is hiding from potential snipers on the top floor of the ruins of the once majestic Aruba Hotel in Mogadishu on 2 November 2011.

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Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
22 Oct 2011

AMISOM convoys would often be ambushed and vigilant guard had to be maintained when the AMISOM convoys navigated the potholed streets of Mogadishu. Here a Ugandan soldier with the nickname "Stonecold" is guarding the rear of the convoy as it moves through downtown Mogadishu on 22 October 2011.

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AMISOM in Mogadishu 07
Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
22 Oct 2011

AMISOM convoys would often be ambushed and vigilant guard had to be maintained when the AMISOM convoys navigated the potholed streets of Mogadishu. Here a Ugandan soldier with the nickname "Stonecold" is guarding the rear of the convoy as it moves through downtown Mogadishu on 22 October 2011.

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AMISOM in Mogadishu
Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
21 Oct 2011

This collection depicts Ugandan and Burundian soldiers in 2011 and 2012 as part of the African Union forces under a UN mandate African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).
The battles were a turning point in the war as Al Shabaab was first driven out of Mogadishu and later forced to retreat from Afgoye, a strategic town 30 kilometres north of Mogadishu.
AMISOM was formed initially by Ugandan and Burundian troops in Mogadishu, and later joined by Kenyan, Ethiopian, Djiboutian and Sierra Leonian troops, suffering heavy losses during the brutal fighting in and around Mogadishu.

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Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
21 Oct 2011

Thousands of AMISOM soldiers were killed and injured in the now eight year long war in Somalia. Here a Burundian officer is depicted with the passports of dead and wounded Burundian soldiers after the battle for Daynile district, where the Burundian contingent suffered 75 killed in an ambush. 21 October 2011.

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AMISOM in Mogadishu 13
Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
15 Oct 2011

The war was dirty and relentless and atrocities were committed. Here two Ugandan soldiers stand in front of the leftover equipment from AMISOM soldiers executed by the Al Shabaab. 15 October 2011.

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Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
15 Oct 2011

Thousands of AMISOM soldiers were killed and injured through the years of fighting Al Shabaab in and around Mogadishu. Here Burundian soldiers wounded in the Daynile Offensive are on their way to be evacuated to Nairobi, Kenya for medical treatment on 15 October 2011.

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AMISOM in Mogadishu 04
Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
10 Oct 2011

As a lowtech army with limited budget food for the soldiers was made in the old fashion way on bonfires wherever possible. Here Ugandan army kitchen at the National Stadium in Mogadishu on 10 October 2011.

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Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
10 Oct 2011

The war in Mogadishu was brutal and ver present. Although Al Shabaab fought back the AMISOM troops were able to capture Mogadishu bit by bit not least thanks to the presence of the T55 tanks that provided much needed firepower on operations. Here a Ugandan T55 ready for action during the battle of the Pasta Factory. The offensive aimed at dislodging Al Shabaab from the north eastern part of the city.

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AMISOM in Mogadishu 03
Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
05 Oct 2011

The Ugandan People's Defence Forces took heavy casualties in the hard fighting as they forced Al Shabaab out of the Somali capital. Two Ugandan soldiers enjoy a free moment to play checkers with bottle caps in a semi-destroyed building at the eastern part of Mogadishu on 5 October 2011.

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AMISOM in Mogadishu 05
Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
28 Sep 2011

Moving around in Mogadishu the Ugandan People's Defence Forces used Casspir armoured personnel carriers carrying PKM machine guns and 12.7 mm. Here Ugandan Casspir Armoured Personnel Carriers navigating the roundabout at Kilometre 4 on their way downtown on 28 September 2011.

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Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
19 Sep 2011

With a UN mandate to protect the Somali Government institutions the AMISOM soldiers provided close protection for Somali politicians in Mogadishu. Here a Ugandan security detail protects the Somali Minister of Defence during his visit in the fall of 2011 to the Somali National Army HQ (Gashandiga) forming part of the frontline in Mogadishu.