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Vol 55 No 5

Published 7th March 2014


Hopes pinned on big push

A major Amisom offensive is due soon, which may help where politics cannot, yet there is concern about Ethiopia’s role

Diplomats in transit at Mogadishu airport – nowadays the only place they want to be in the beleaguered city – are desperate for good news for their return journey and finding little of it. On 27 February, a car bomb close to the headquarters of the National Security Agency killed twelve people. That came only six days after two senior government officials, as well as nine militants from Al Haraka al Shabaab al Mujahideen, had died in a suicide bomb and guerrilla attack on the presidential Villa Somalia.

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