EPA 2012-08-09 00:31:38 The deadline for the political transition in Somalia approaches
An armored truck of the African Union forces is seen on the road between Afgoye, some 30km northwest of the capital Mogadishu, and the frontline area known as the K-50, 50km southwest of Mogadishu, Somalia, 08 August 2012. Backed by 12,000-strong African Union forces, Somalia's western-backed government has in recent months taken control of a series of key strongholds, including the capital Mogadishu from the hardline Islamist militants al-Shabab. However, international observers say al-Shabab remains major threat to the stability of the country ahead of the political transition to be completed by 20 August 2012. EPA/DAI KUROKAWA
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