MOGADISHU, 21 March 2014 (IRIN) - A major military offensive by Somali and African Union (AU) forces against insurgents may well contribute to Somalia’s long-term stability, but in the short-term the military action has led to the displacement of around 40,000 civilians, price hikes and the destruction of some basic infrastructure.

The Somali National Armed Forces (SNAF) and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), are engaged, with UN backing, in what UN envoy Nicholas Kay has des...

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