Somali president leads troops in anniversary battle

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Somalia's President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed is on the front line, as fierce battles rage on the day the country marks 50 years of independence.

Eyewitnesses told the BBC that the president was dressed in military fatigues atop an African Union tank.

The president warned before the anniversary that Somalia was in danger of perishing as a nation.

Government troops, backed by African peacekeepers, are battling Islamist militants who control most of Somalia....

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