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ISS: Closing up regulatory gaps key in Somalia's fight against al-Shabaab

A Somali port.After 25 years of protracted clan-based conflict, Somalia is finally seeing some positive changes. The country had become a failed state after former president Siad Barre’s dictatorial regime was overthrown in 1991. In the years that followed, the dynamics of the conflict changed substantially. What started as grievance-based insurgencies turned into a war economy with widespread looting. The situation then turned increasingly violent, led by extremist groups such as the Islamic Court Union, which was succeeded by al-Shabaab.

Senior LRA leader apparently surrenders in CAR – claim

Senior LRA commander surrendersThe Ugandan military said on Thursday a senior commander in warlord Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army had surrendered, a move analysts say shows disarray in rebel ranks and strengthens the possibility of Kony's capture.

Obama to propose $200 million to battle Islamist militants in Africa

Barack Obama.President Barack Obama is proposing about $200 million (£138 million) in new military spending to confront Islamist militants in north and west Africa, U.S. defence officials said ahead of Tuesday's budget rollouts for the next fiscal year.

Bashir replaces military chief of staff

New military chief of staff in SudanSudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir replaced the head of his joint chiefs of staff on Tuesday with a loyal general who has played a leading role in negotiations with anti-government rebels.

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