Somalia

Interview - Somali president wants aid airlift for towns retaken from rebels

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By Edmund Blair

MOGADISHU, May 10 (Reuters) - Somalia needs help airlifting basic supplies to towns recently retaken by African Union-led forces because Islamist insurgents who were driven out from those areas are blocking aid convoys, the president told Reuters in an interview.

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