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Somalia: Routing Al-Shabab 08
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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Somalia: Routing Al-Shabab 11
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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African Union Forces in Somalia
Mogadishu
By Takeshi KUNO
14 Apr 2013

African Union forces continue to fight Al Shabab in Mogadishu and other parts of central Somalia. Security is a major problem for internally displaced persons, who often abandon their camps to find safer places to live. Formerly popular places such as Bakara market are now empty, except for fighting between African Union forces and Al Shabab.

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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.

NOTE: GRAPHIC IMAGE

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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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Somalia: Routing Al-Shabab 09
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.

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Life in Mogadishu 17
Mogadishu, Somalia
By Noe Falk Nielsen
11 May 2012

Food was often scarce in Mogadishu and fishermen brought in their catch of the day to be sold at the local fish market. Here a Somali fisherman carrying a large tuna to the fish market in Mogadishu on 11 May 2012.

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Life in Mogadishu 18
Mogadishu, Somalia
By Noe Falk Nielsen
11 May 2012

Food was often scarce in Mogadishu and fishermen brought in their catch of the day to be sold at the local fish market. Here a shark lies on a street in Mogadishu, dropped by a fisherman on his way with the catch of the day to the fishmarket on 11 May 2012.

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Life in Mogadishu 19
Mogadishu, Somalia
By Noe Falk Nielsen
11 May 2012

Food was often scarce in Mogadishu and fishermen brought in their catch of the day to be sold at the local fish market. Here a Somali fisherman carrying a large tuna to the fish market in Mogadishu on 11 May 2012.

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Life in Mogadishu 12
Mogadishu, Somalia
By Noe Falk Nielsen
17 Apr 2012

Access to medical care was increasingly scarce in the war torn Somali capital and costly, if not provided from the few international organisations that worked in Somalia. Here a pharmacy and the pharmasists at Martini hospital in Mogadishu on 17 April 2012.

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Life in Mogadishu 13
Mogadishu, Somalia
By Noe Falk Nielsen
17 Apr 2012

Access to medical care was increasingly scarce in the war torn Somali capital and costly, if not provided from the few international organisations that worked in Somalia. Medical orderly showing his storage room at Martini hospital in Mogadishu on 17 April 2012.

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Life in Mogadishu 10
Mogadishu, Somalia
By Noe Falk Nielsen
04 Apr 2012

The fierce fighting the crowded areas of Mogadishu resulted in thousands of collateral victims. Here a young Somali boy being diagnosed with a destroyed eye due to a grenade fragment at a mobile clinic in Mogadishu on 4 April 2012.

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Life in Mogadishu 11
Mogadishu, Somalia
By Noe Falk Nielsen
04 Apr 2012

Access to medical care was increasingly scarce in the war torn Somali capital and when free health care was offered people were keen to take advantage. Here a young girl and her mother await access a mobile clinic in Mogadishu 4 April 2012.

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Somalia: Routing Al-Shabab 01
Mogadishu
By Noe Falk Nielsen
26 Mar 2012

Here a Somali warlord-turned-general relaxes with his entourage at a divisional HQ in Mogadishu on 26 March 2012. The Somali National Army was still in its infancy when the anti-Al-Shabab offensive began. The Army was initially comprised of little more than four pro-government clan militias loosely working together.

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Life in Mogadishu 16
Mogadishu, Somalia
By Noe Falk Nielsen
21 Feb 2012

Food was often scarce in Mogadishu and fishermen brought in their catch of the day to be sold at the local fish market. Here a Somali fisherman carrying a hammerhead shark to the fish market in Mogadishu on 21 February 2012.

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Life in Mogadishu 20
Mogadishu, Somalia
By Noe Falk Nielsen
16 Feb 2012

As Al Shabaab was slowly being pushed out of the city, the Somalis commenced the reconstruction of their battered capital. Here local Somalis are working to rebuild parts of the old harbour in Mogadishu on 16 February 2012.

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Life in Mogadishu 21
Mogadishu, Somalia
By Noe Falk Nielsen
16 Feb 2012

As Al Shabaab was slowly being pushed out of the city, the Somalis commenced the reconstruction of their battered capital. Here local Somalis are working to rebuild parts of the old harbour in Mogadishu on 16 February 2012.