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American and AU troops aided by drones ramp up offensive against armed group blamed for a wave of violence in Somalia.
Afgoye town captured from al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab fighters, as AU and Somalia troops clear areas around Mogadishu.
Hizbul Islam fighters march into Mahaday, north of Mogadishu.
Al Shabab group seizes strategic town of Jowhar, in a day of "serious fighting".
Somali Islamist militias have seized the town of Jowhar from regional commanders, whom they unseated from the capital last week.
An Islamist militia that wants to establish a religious state in Somalia has said it has taken the capital after weeks of fighting wa
Islamic clerics in the Somali capital have dismissed President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed as another warlord and have said they would not recognise him as the leader of the country's transitional government in the shattered African nation.
Somalia's Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi has said his government is prepared to use force to confront powerful leaders turned legislators who he accuses of trying to undermine the peace process from their bases in the capital.
The transitional president of Somalia has landed in Djibouti, after leaving Kenya for his home country. 
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