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U.S. urges support for Somali areas seized from Shebab rebels

NAIROBI — The US special envoy for Somalia on Tuesday urged support for Somali regions seized from the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels controlling swathes of territory, but now under pressure from regional armies. James Swan said local authorities should be bolstered in the Mogadishu outskirts recently captured by African Union forces,…

Somalia bans foreign aid workers from rebel areas

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Somalia has banned foreign aid workers and journalists from entering areas controlled by al Shabaab insurgents after members of a Turkish charity took food to famine victims in an area under the Islamist group. Nearly all aid agencies have already barred their expatriate workers from operating in…