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Vol 37 No 4

Published 16th February 1996


Somalia

Aydeed again

With the biggest funds and armouries, Aydeed is back on the offensive

By capturing Hoddur town in mid-January, General Mohamed Farah Hassan 'Aydeed' put himself back in the game. His forces now threaten Beled Weyne, which they lost in October 1994. Aydeed, who has been based in Baidoa since August, is watching his rivals' mistakes. For instance, the Hawadle who control Beled Weyne have neglected the interests of the settled minority there from Aydeed's clan, the Habr Gidir.

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