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** FILE ** A young boy leads the hard-line Islamist al-Shabaab fighters as they conduct a military exercise in northern Mogadishu's Suqaholaha neighborhood in Somalia. The country's continuous violence appears to have increased recruiting efforts of young fighters, minors who can easily be indoctrinated. (Associated Press)

** FILE ** A young boy leads the hard-line Islamist al-Shabaab fighters as they conduct a military exercise in northern Mogadishu's Suqaholaha neighborhood in Somalia. The country's continuous violence appears to have increased recruiting efforts of young fighters, minors who can easily be indoctrinated. (Associated Press)

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