Q&A: Somalia's conflict

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Al-Shabab fighters photographed in October 2009

Somalia has experienced almost constant conflict since the collapse of its central government in 1991.

The Islamist insurgent group al-Shabab, which has links to al-Qaeda, controls most southern and central areas, while the UN-backed government only runs the capital, Mogadishu and a few small areas.

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Tens of thousands of Somalis have been displaced by confilct and drought

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