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Latest update : 2014-05-19

Somalia, still on the brink of chaos

African Union troops are engaged in a major offensive in Somalia against Islamist group al Shabaab. They've had some crucial successes - taking a string of towns from the al-Qaeda affiliate.

All this in support of a government which came to power just over 18 months ago, and represents Somalia's first proper administration since it collapsed into anarchy in the early 1990s.

But with the national army riddled by al Shabaab infiltrators, and elements of the government standing accused of diverting arms to the militants by a UN panel of experts,  questions are being raised as to whether victories on the battlefield mean anything.

This report was filmed by our correspondent Duncan Woodside, freshly returned from being embedded with African Union troops in the largely rural south of the country, and in the capital, Mogadishu.

By Duncan WOODSIDE

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