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Ugandan troops serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) form-up in the middle of the night 26 November 2012 ahead of a ground advance as part of a joint Somali National Army (SNA) and AMISOM operation in an area south-west of the Somali capital Mogadishu.

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A Somali man walks past a Ugandan soldier serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) as he patrols a road following an advance on the town of Afgoye to the west of the Somali capital Mogadishu.

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A soldier of the Kenyan contingent serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) stands at the back of a vehicle at their Sector Headquarters in the town of Dhobley,Southern Somalia 30 September 2012. AU-UN IST PHOTO / STUART PRICE.

AMISOM's 'Pictures Of The Year' for 2012 - With AMISOM's support, the Somali National Security Forces have pushed the al-Shabaab militant group out of most major urban centres in southern Somalia, including the capital Mogadishu and the port cities of Marka and Kismayo, as well as many other towns and centres. These developments have created the best chance Somalia has had in a generation to achieve a lasting peace and to establish legitimate and representative institutions.

Soldiers serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) move along a road 22 May 2012, during a joint AMISOM and Somali National Army (SNA) operation to seize and liberate territory from the Al-Qaeda-affiliated extremist group Al Shabaab. AMISOM Force Commander Lt. Gen Andrew Guti announced 22 May the beginning of 'Operation Free Shabelle' aimed at bringing security and econonic revival to the estimated 400,000 people of the Afgoye Corridor. AU-UN IST PHOTO / STUART PRICE.

Soldiers from Burundi serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) are seen along frontline positions just after sunrise in territory recently captured from insurgents in Deynile District along the furthest most northern fringes of the capital Mogadishu. AU-UN IST PHOTO / STUART PRICE.

Recently trained members of the Somali National Army (SNA) demonstration self-defence techniques during a passing-out parade 14 August 2012, at an African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) training facility on the western fringes of the Somali capital Mogadishu. AU-UN IST PHOTO / STUART PRICE.

Ugandan police officers serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia's first Formed Police Unit (FPU) stand in formation ahead of their formal introduction to the Somali Police Force (SPF) 07 August 2012, at a police station in the Yaaqshiid District of the capital Mogadishu. AU-UN IST PHOTO / STUART PRICE.

Sheik Ahmed Madobe, Ras Kimboni Brigade Commander, which is allied to the Somali National Army (SNA) stands in Saa'moja, an area approx. 7km outside the Somali port city of Kismayo, 01 October 2012, a day before joint allied forces of AMISOM, the Somali National Army (SNA) and the pro-government Ras Kimboni Brigade advanced on and took over the last remaining urban bastion of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated extremist group Al Shabaab. AU-UN IST PHOTO / STUART PRICE.

Somali youths pull donkey-drawn water carts past sacks of charcoal as a convoy of the Kenyan Contingent serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) makes its way through the city of Kismayo. AU-UN IST PHOTO / STUART PRICE.