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In Pictures: The hunt for al-Shabab
African Union troops continue their struggle to push al-Shabab out of Somalia.
Last updated: 27 May 2014 20:17
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Ugandan troops operating under the African Union (AU) mandate retook the town of Qoryooley in southern Somalia from al-Shabab, a rebel group linked to al-Qaeda, in "Operation Eagle", an offensive launched in March.

Although AU troops have managed to push al-Shabab out of many parts of Somalia, the daily struggle for control continues - even in the capital, Mogadishu.

In addition to battling insurgents, the Somali government is also grappling with its forces' lack of capacity and commitment. The European Union has provided training to some troops, but most army recruits have no formal military instruction and will be sent to the front lines.

The fledgling Somali government's ability to care for and properly govern its people has also been called into question.

This is a rare glimpse into the first joint military operation between the Somali National Army and AU forces as they hunt down al-Shabab fighters.


/Adriane Ohanesian/Al Jazeera

A soldier in the Somali National Army learns to clean, assemble, and load a gun at the EU's Jazeera Training Camp in Mogadishu, Somalia. The EU's goal is to train the Somalis to train their own troops. However, with an underfunded military that is said to have been infiltrated by al-Shabab, progress remains slow.



/Adriane Ohanesian/Al Jazeera

Ugandan soldiers on patrol outside the town of Qoryooley, which was taken from al-Shabab during "Operation Eagle", the first joint military offensive with the Somali National Army. Al-Shabab was pushed out of the town on March 23, yet it continues to operate in the bush just a few kilometres away.



/Adriane Ohanesian/Al Jazeera

The port city of Merca lies on southern Somalia's coast, one of the areas targeted by the military offensive against al-Shabab. The Somali National Army lacks any military capacity to patrol the expansive coastline.



/Adriane Ohanesian/Al Jazeera

A member of a clan-based militia just south of Merca. The group was formed as an alternative to the Somali National Army, which they say has failed to protect the community from al-Shabab.



/Adriane Ohanesian/Al Jazeera

Armoured AU personnel carriers in convoy along the road outside Qoryooley. Some civilians have continued to farm and operate shops since al-Shabab was pushed out of the area. However, al-Shabab often controls the main roads in and out of urban areas, making trade nearly impossible and crippling local economies.



/Adriane Ohanesian/Al Jazeera

Ugandan soldiers secure the main street while on a morning patrol in Qoryooley. There were few Somali soldiers to be seen in the newly captured town. Earning as little as $100 a month and with no training or resources, there is little incentive for the soldiers to commit to the Somali National Army.



/Adriane Ohanesian/Al Jazeera
Women carry water as Ugandan soldiers patrol the road leading into Qoryooley. The forces use foot soldiers to search for and prevent improvised explosive devices (IEDs) from being placed along the roads.


/Adriane Ohanesian/Al Jazeera

In order to track the movement of al-Shabab, a Ugandan soldier launches a surveillance drone from the military base in Qoryooley. The AU forces lack an air force in Somalia, which the Ugandans claim is prolonging the fight against al-Shabab.



/Adriane Ohanesian/Al Jazeera

Men believed to be members of al-Shabab sit in the street after being arrested by Somali National Intelligence during a cordon and search operation in Mogadishu. According to the Somalis, these men were targeted due to their suspected involvement in assassinations and bombings.



/Adriane Ohanesian/Al Jazeera

Ugandan soldiers return a tank to the military base after an evening patrol in Qoryooley. The Ugandan forces have a base on either side of the town and patrol twice a day with foot soldiers, armoured personel carriers and tanks.



/Adriane Ohanesian/Al Jazeera

The town of Qoryooley has been under the control of the AU forces for almost two months, but attacks on the base by al-Shabab are still a common occurrence.




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Ugandan soldiers on patrol outside the town of Qoryooley, which was taken from al-Shabab during "Operation Eagle", the first joint military offensive with the Somali National Army. Al-Shabab was pushed out of the town on March 23, yet it continues to operate in the bush just a few kilometres away.

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The port city of Merca lies on southern Somalia(***)s coast, one of the areas targeted by the military offensive against al-Shabab. The Somali National Army lacks any military capacity to patrol the expansive coastline.

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A member of a clan-based militia just south of Merca. The group was formed as an alternative to the Somali National Army, which they say has failed to protect the community from al-Shabab.

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Armoured AU personnel carriers in convoy along the road outside Qoryooley. Some civilians have continued to farm and operate shops since al-Shabab was pushed out of the area. However, al-Shabab often controls the main roads in and out of urban areas, making trade nearly impossible and crippling local economies.

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Ugandan soldiers secure the main street while on a morning patrol in Qoryooley. There were few Somali soldiers to be seen in the newly captured town. Earning as little as $100 a month and with no training or resources, there is little incentive for the soldiers to commit to the Somali National Army.

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In order to track the movement of al-Shabab, a Ugandan soldier launches a surveillance drone from the military base in Qoryooley. The AU forces lack an air force in Somalia, which the Ugandans claim is prolonging the fight against al-Shabab.

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Men believed to be members of al-Shabab sit in the street after being arrested by Somali National Intelligence during a cordon and search operation in Mogadishu. According to the Somalis, these men were targeted due to their suspected involvement in assassinations and bombings.

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Ugandan soldiers return a tank to the military base after an evening patrol in Qoryooley. The Ugandan forces have a base on either side of the town and patrol twice a day with foot soldiers, armoured personel carriers and tanks.

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The town of Qoryooley has been under the control of the AU forces for almost two months, but attacks on the base by al-Shabab are still a common occurrence.

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A soldier in the Somali National Army learns to clean, assemble, and load a gun at the European Union'??s Jazeera Training Camp in Mogadishu, Somalia. The goal of the European Union is to train the Somalis to mentor their own troops. However, with an underfunded military that is said to have been infiltrated by al Shabaab, progress remains slow.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ohanesian_Somalia/slideshow/no-caption/719b6cecd4e2fc7650cfe3aac4fbf412Adriane Ohanesian/Al Jazeera

A soldier in the Somali National Army learns to clean, assemble, and load a gun at the European Union'??s Jazeera Training Camp in Mogadishu, Somalia. The goal of the European Union is to train the Somalis to mentor their own troops. However, with an underfunded military that is said to have been infiltrated by al Shabaab, progress remains slow.

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Ugandan soldiers on patrol outside of the town of Qoryooley, which was taken from al Shabaab during 'Operation Eagle', the first joint military offensive with the Somali National Army, in Lower Shabelle, Somalia, Al Shabaab was pushed out of the town on March 23, yet they continue to operate in the bush just a few kilometers away.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ohanesian_Somalia/slideshow/no-caption/81a94ff6262fc61716fe56ce08e576a5Adriane Ohanesian/Al Jazeera

Ugandan soldiers on patrol outside of the town of Qoryooley, which was taken from al Shabaab during 'Operation Eagle', the first joint military offensive with the Somali National Army, in Lower Shabelle, Somalia, Al Shabaab was pushed out of the town on March 23, yet they continue to operate in the bush just a few kilometers away.

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The port city of Merca lies on the coast that stretches between the capital of Mogadishu and Lower Shabelle, one of the areas of the military offensive against al Shabaab in Somalia. The Somali National Army lacks any military capacity to patrol the expansive coastline.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ohanesian_Somalia/slideshow/no-caption/f68035ba6f9c845c66038a399ad7c554Adriane Ohanesian/Al Jazeera

The port city of Merca lies on the coast that stretches between the capital of Mogadishu and Lower Shabelle, one of the areas of the military offensive against al Shabaab in Somalia. The Somali National Army lacks any military capacity to patrol the expansive coastline.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ohanesian_Somalia/slideshow/no-caption/0eaa735e22f3530e1e280544bee6d214

A member of a local clan based militia is seen along the coast, just south of Merca. The group was formed as an alternative to the Somali National Army which they say has not only failed to protect the community from al Shabaab, but also supports pro government militias in Lower Shabelle.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ohanesian_Somalia/slideshow/no-caption/0eaa735e22f3530e1e280544bee6d214Adriane Ohanesian/Al Jazeera

A member of a local clan based militia is seen along the coast, just south of Merca. The group was formed as an alternative to the Somali National Army which they say has not only failed to protect the community from al Shabaab, but also supports pro government militias in Lower Shabelle.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ohanesian_Somalia/slideshow/no-caption/9ed7c9434ff1b93cce43bb93664ed545

African Union armored personal carriers in convoy along the road outside of Qoryooley, Lower Shabelle. Some civilians have continued to farm and operate shops since al Shabaab was pushed out of the area. However, al Shabaab often controls the main roads in and out of the urban areas, making trade near to impossible and crippling local economies.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ohanesian_Somalia/slideshow/no-caption/9ed7c9434ff1b93cce43bb93664ed545Adriane Ohanesian/Al Jazeera

African Union armored personal carriers in convoy along the road outside of Qoryooley, Lower Shabelle. Some civilians have continued to farm and operate shops since al Shabaab was pushed out of the area. However, al Shabaab often controls the main roads in and out of the urban areas, making trade near to impossible and crippling local economies.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ohanesian_Somalia/slideshow/no-caption/bc20ece2a3c46247ce22032861107656

Ugandan soldiers secure the main street while out on a morning patrol in the town of Qoryooley, in Lower Shabelle. There were few Somali soldiers to be seen in the newly captured town. Earning as little as 100USD a month and with no training or resources, there is little incentive for the soldiers to commit to the Somali National Army.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ohanesian_Somalia/slideshow/no-caption/bc20ece2a3c46247ce22032861107656Adriane Ohanesian/Al Jazeera

Ugandan soldiers secure the main street while out on a morning patrol in the town of Qoryooley, in Lower Shabelle. There were few Somali soldiers to be seen in the newly captured town. Earning as little as 100USD a month and with no training or resources, there is little incentive for the soldiers to commit to the Somali National Army.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ohanesian_Somalia/slideshow/no-caption/5cdec1b69f2f170e2c4e37b5f913234f

Women carry water as Ugandan soldiers patrol the road leading into Qoryooley. The forces use foot soldiers to search for and prevent improvised explosive devices (IEDs) from being placed along the roads.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ohanesian_Somalia/slideshow/no-caption/5cdec1b69f2f170e2c4e37b5f913234fAdriane Ohanesian/Al Jazeera

Women carry water as Ugandan soldiers patrol the road leading into Qoryooley. The forces use foot soldiers to search for and prevent improvised explosive devices (IEDs) from being placed along the roads.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ohanesian_Somalia/slideshow/no-caption/f9322f6538cb235e33fc9d199323457b

In order to track the movement of al Shabaab, a Ugandan soldier launches a surveillance drone from the military base in Qoryooley. The African Union forces lack an air force in Somalia, a situation the Ugandans claim is prolonging the fight against al Shabaab.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ohanesian_Somalia/slideshow/no-caption/f9322f6538cb235e33fc9d199323457bAdriane Ohanesian/Al Jazeera

In order to track the movement of al Shabaab, a Ugandan soldier launches a surveillance drone from the military base in Qoryooley. The African Union forces lack an air force in Somalia, a situation the Ugandans claim is prolonging the fight against al Shabaab.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ohanesian_Somalia/slideshow/no-caption/815a8293917351d1c3e1cd0b0516383e

Men believed to be members of al Shabaab sit in the street after being arrested by Somali National Intelligence during a cordon and search operation in Mogadishu. According to the Somalis, these men were targeted due to their suspected involvement in assassinations and bombings.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ohanesian_Somalia/slideshow/no-caption/815a8293917351d1c3e1cd0b0516383eAdriane Ohanesian/Al Jazeera

Men believed to be members of al Shabaab sit in the street after being arrested by Somali National Intelligence during a cordon and search operation in Mogadishu. According to the Somalis, these men were targeted due to their suspected involvement in assassinations and bombings.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ohanesian_Somalia/slideshow/no-caption/12dd74c70b31baba1b6ef610b6f93fa6

Ugandan soldiers return a tank to the military base after an evening patrol in the town of Qoryooley. The Ugandan forces have a base on either side of the town and patrol twice a day with foot soldiers, armored personal carriers, and tanks.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ohanesian_Somalia/slideshow/no-caption/12dd74c70b31baba1b6ef610b6f93fa6Adriane Ohanesian/Al Jazeera

Ugandan soldiers return a tank to the military base after an evening patrol in the town of Qoryooley. The Ugandan forces have a base on either side of the town and patrol twice a day with foot soldiers, armored personal carriers, and tanks.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ohanesian_Somalia/slideshow/no-caption/33581955b8ea6a636272a16a07c7d767

A Ugandan soldier shows off a flag which was removed from al Shabaab'??s base and training camp when it was taken by the Ugandan troops in Qoryooley. The flag is said to be used by al Qaeda and those affiliated with the Islamic group.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ohanesian_Somalia/slideshow/no-caption/33581955b8ea6a636272a16a07c7d767Adriane Ohanesian/Al Jazeera

A Ugandan soldier shows off a flag which was removed from al Shabaab'??s base and training camp when it was taken by the Ugandan troops in Qoryooley. The flag is said to be used by al Qaeda and those affiliated with the Islamic group.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ohanesian_Somalia/slideshow/no-caption/d95a3d056b7245cce597b12a241ad138

The town of Qoryooley has been under the control of the African Union forces for almost two months, but attacks on the base by al Shabaab are still a common occurrence.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Ohanesian_Somalia/slideshow/no-caption/d95a3d056b7245cce597b12a241ad138Adriane Ohanesian/Al Jazeera

The town of Qoryooley has been under the control of the African Union forces for almost two months, but attacks on the base by al Shabaab are still a common occurrence.



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