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U.S. Company Trains African Troops In Somalia

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In this Tuesday Aug. 9, 2011 photo, explosives expert Martinus Van Blerk, left, and a team of Ugandan soldiers are seen just after blowing up a hand grenade left behind by Islamist rebels in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Tuesday. The force of the explosion stripped the bark from a nearby tree and blew up six sandbags. On the front lines of Mogadishu's street battles, Somali fighters and foreign militants square off against soldiers from Uganda and Burundi. Standing alongside them, quietly g | AP

MOGADISHU, Somalia -- Richard Rouget, a gun for hire over two decades of bloody African conflict, is the unlikely face of the American campaign against militants in Somalia.

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