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.

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, inc.

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.

Afgoye AMISOM & Somali National Army operation to capture Afgoye Corridor Day

A Ugandan police officer serving as part of a Formed Police Unit (FPU) with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) shakes hands with a young Somali boy during a foot patrol in the Kaa'ran district of the Somali capital Mogadishu 09 November 2012. AMISOM's FPUs are working with their counterparts in the Somali Police Force (SPF) in helping to provide security in Mogadishu in addition to training and mentoring the SPF on policing techniques and practises. AU-UN IST PHOTO / STUART PRICE.

On foot patrol in Mogadishu with an AMISOM Formed Police Unit

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.

On night operations with the African Union Mission in Somalia

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.

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.

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.

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.

SOMALIA, Kismayo: 06 October, a member of a combat engineering team serving with the Kenyan Contingent of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) sweeps the former compound housing the offices of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) for unexploded ordinace and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in the southern Somali port city of Kismayo. AU-UN IST PHOTO / STUART PRICE.

SOMALIA, Kismayo: 06 October, a member of a combat engineering team serving with the Kenyan Contingent of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) sweeps the former compound housing the offices of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) for unexploded ordinace and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in the southern Somali port city of Kismayo. AU-UN IST PHOTO / STUART PRICE.

Safe Disposal of Captured Munitions by AMISOM | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

In this photo, a team of soldiers from Burundi and Uganda work with Amisom to dispose of unexploded ordinances captured from militants in order to ensure the safety and security of civilians.

A Nigerian policeman walks by a newly built wall on a foot patrol near Lido beach in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu. As part of AMISOM's efforts to make Mogadishu a safer place, regular foot patrols are now conducted throughout the city by the mission's Formed Police Units (FPUs). AU-UN IST PHOTO / TOBIN JONES.

Kényszerű vezetőváltás az Al-Shabaab élén

630 troops from different brigades of the SNA were taught and mentored on leadership skills, weapons handling and field military tactics during the two and a half month course, deploying back to their units on the frontline after the ceremony, which was overseen by Somali President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed and senior SNA and AMISOM military commanders. AU-UN IST PHOTO / STUART PRICE.

630 troops from different brigades of the SNA were taught and mentored on leadership skills, weapons handling and field military tactics during the two and a half month course, deploying back to their units on the frontline after the ceremony, which was overseen by Somali President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed and senior SNA and AMISOM military commanders. AU-UN IST PHOTO / STUART PRICE.

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