Pres­i­den­tial guards join mil­i­tants

Austin American-Statesman - - WORLD & NATION -

So­mali of­fi­cials ac­knowl­edged that mem­bers of So­ma­lia’s pres­i­den­tial guard had de­fected to al-Shabab, the rad­i­cal Mus­lim in­sur­gent group that claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the re­cent bomb­ings in Uganda that killed more than 70 peo­ple. The de­fec­tion of some of the pres­i­dent’s best-trained men is the lat­est set­back for the be­lea­guered tran­si­tional govern­ment, which has lost im­por­tant pieces of ter­ri­tory in the past few days. In­sur­gents are now 300 yards from the pres­i­den­tial palace.

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