African Union and Somali troops in action in Yaaqshid district of Mogadishu, Somalia, Thursday, July 28, 2011. The government and African Union Peacekeeping troops launched attack and seized ... more 
African Union and Somali troops in action in Yaaqshid district of Mogadishu, Somalia, Thursday, July 28, 2011. The government and African Union Peacekeeping troops launched attack and seized al-Shabaab bases in Wardhiigley, Yaaqshid and Boondere districts of Mogadishu. Heavy fighting erupted Thursday in Somalia's capital as African Union peacekeepers launched an offensive aimed at protecting famine relief efforts from attacks by al-Qaida-linked militants, officials said. The al-Shabab militants already have killed men who tried to escape the famine with their families, saying it is better to starve than accept help from the West. The World Food Program says it cannot reach 2.2 million people in need of aid in the militant-controlled areas in southern Somalia because of insecurity (AP Photo)   less 
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Associated Press
Thu, Jul 28, 2011 1:16 PM EDT