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Vol 64 No 24

Published 30th November 2023


Floods put fighting on hold

A 'once-in-a-century' deluge halted troops movements while the President went on a world tour to raise funds

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has November's unprecedentedly severe rains and floods to thank for the fact he has not paid the full political price for the setback government forces suffered against Al Shabaab at Osweyne in October. Critics say Mogadishu squandered a military advantage over the Islamist militia, and had to pull out of towns in Galgadug that had previously been captured at high cost.

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