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In pictures: Somalia conflict

Somali government troops in Jowhar

Soldiers loyal to Somalia's transitional government - backed by Ethiopian troops - are reported to have entered the capital, Mogadishu, after Islamist fighters left the city.

Somalia's government troops guard captured Islamic fighters in Baidoa

Fighters from the Union of Islamic Courts have been driven out of many Somalian towns, with many taken prisoner.

Somali soldier walks through a field past a dead Islamist fighter

There has been no confirmation of the numbers killed, but the transitional government says its forces have killed between 2,000 and 3,000 Islamists.

A woman walks past destroyed Islamic courts vehicles in Burhakaba

Ethiopia, which backs the transitional government, began a major offensive last weekend, hoping to topple the Islamists.

Somali soldiers in hospital in Baidoa

The fighting in Somalia began earlier this month. Thousands of civilians and soldiers are believed to have been injured.

Somali's government soldiers rest in the town of in Jowhar on 27 December 2006

Troops belonging to the transitional government now control most of the country.

A destroyed truck belonging to Islamists in Burhakaba on 26 December 2006

The Islamists have been forced back to their last stronghold at Kismayo, in Somalia's south, but insist they have not been defeated.

Two Somali children with their belongings ride on a donkey cart near the town of Buur on 24 December 2006

Many civilians have been fleeing the fighting, taking whatever they can with them.

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