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Somalia: A timeline of change in a troubled country

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A militia from Somalia's Islamic Union Courts (ICU) holds up a rocket propelled grenade (RPG) during training on the outskirts of Mogadishu in this December 2008 file photo.

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2. 2005 - 2006

June 2005: Fighters loyal to the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) defeat US and Ethiopian-backed leaders and take control of Mogadishu.

December 2006: A joint Ethiopian-Somali government offensive pushes Islamic Courts fighters from Mogadishu. The joint force captures the city. 

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