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** FILE ** In this undated file image from a video posted on Islamic militant websites, a man identified as French security agent Denis Allex pleads for his release from the Somali militant group al-Shabaab who have been holding him for nearly a year. (AP Photo, File)

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** FILE ** In this undated file image from a video posted on Islamic militant websites, a man identified as French security agent Denis Allex pleads for his release from the Somali militant group al-Shabaab who have been holding him for nearly a year. (AP Photo, File)

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Members of Al Shabaab look at bodies of a Ugandan soldier from the African Union peacekeeping troops based in Mogadishu and of Somali government soldier, Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011 in Mogadishu, Somalia. The two soldiers were killed in fighting that took place in past two days in the Somali capital Mogadishu, between Al Shabaab and Government forces. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

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A video shows one of al-Shabaab's most famous members, Abu Mansour al-Amriki, or "the American," who is thought to have held a senior role advising the terrorist group. Al-Shabaab members began pledging allegiance to al Qaeda last year. (Associated Press)

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Demonstrators against the African Union peacekeeping force shout slogans during a protest this month in Mogadishu, Somalia, that was organized by al-Shabaab. The militant group battles African Union and government forces in the streets of the capital daily, in an effort to topple Somalia's weak, U.N.-backed administration. (Associated Press)