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03-05-12 HEINLEIN - SOMALIA BAIDOA TOUR


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SOMALIA'S AL-SHABAB FLED THE CITY OF BAIDOA ON FEBRUARY 22ND WITHOUT A FIGHT, GIVING UP A STRATEGIC CENTER THEY HAD FOUGHT TO CAPTURE FROM GOVERNMENT FORCES THREE YEARS AGO. THE CITY IS NOW BACK UNDER THE CONTROL OF ETHIOPIAN TROOPS, WHOSE DEPARTURE IN 2009 MADE THE AL-SHABAB TAKEOVER POSSIBLE. VOA'S PETER HEINLEIN WAS AMONG THE FIRST WESTERN JOURNALISTS TO VISIT BAIDOA IN YEARS. HE REPORTS THE CITY'S ELDERS ARE DESCRIBING IT AS A DISASTER ZONE.

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