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    UIC captures another town in Somalia http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=78006§ionid=351020501 The capture adds to the growing hold of UIC on Somalia.
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      UIC captures another town in Somalia
      http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=78006§ionid=351020501


      The capture adds to the growing hold of UIC on Somalia.


      Al-Shabaab fighters affiliated to the Union of the Islamic Courts
      (UIC) have captured Somalia's southwestern town of Bulo Hawa, near
      Kenya.

      Hundreds of armed al-Shabaab fighters entered the Gedo regional town
      of Bulo Hawa on Tuesday, taking control of police stations, military
      bases and government buildings, a Press TV correspondent reported.

      The capture of Bulo Hawa adds to the growing hold that al-Shabaab
      fighters have gained across south and central Somalia in a two-year
      insurgency against government and rebel forces.

      UIC's advance in Somalia in recent weeks has raised the stakes in an
      insurgency that is the latest manifestation of 17 years of civil
      conflict in Somalia since warlords toppled dictator Siad Barre in
      1991.

      Meanwhile on the same day, the United Nations announced that it would
      host a two-day international conference in Nairobi to discuss ways of
      combating piracy.

      The summit would bring together some 140 officials from 40 countries
      on Wednesday and Thursday, UN spokeswoman Michele Montas quoted UN
      special representative for Somalia, Ahmed Ould-Abdallah, as saying.

      "It is clear that the problem of piracy is linked to the need for
      peace and stability in Somalia itself," Ould-Abdallah said.

      He also added that he hopes the conference will lead to "greater
      international attention and cooperation between countries and
      regional and international organizations".

      The conference coincides with the launch of the European Union's anti-
      piracy drive called Atalanta, which seeks to protect merchant ships
      from pirate attacks, off Somalia.

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