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August 27, 2012 12:00 AM

Al Shabab flees Somali port of Merca ahead of African Union troops

African Union and Somali soldiers captured another key town from Somalia’s al Qaida affiliate Monday, seizing the fishing port of Merca and boxing in the Islamist rebels even further in a steady military campaign aimed at capturing their last major stronghold, the port of Kismayo.

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