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Somalia's al Shabaab rebels withdraw from final stronghold

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Somalia's al Shabaab rebels withdraw from final stronghold

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Somalia’s al Shabaab rebels have lost their last bastion, after being forced out by Somali and Kenyan government forces. The rebels withdrew from the southern city of Kismayu at midnight, according to their spokesman.

It is a major blow for the al-Qaeda linked movement, which once controlled large areas of Somalia. The loss of the city will deprive al Shabaab of revenue, and the group is expected to retreat into the hinterlands. It says its activities will continue.