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U.S.-Backed Warlord Surrenders, Militia Says

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July 12, 2006|From Times Wire Reports

One of Mogadishu's last warlords holding out against powerful Islamists surrendered after losing most of his territory in two days of fighting in Somalia that killed more than 140 people, militia sources said.

Abdi Awale Qaybdiid was part of an alliance of U.S.-backed warlords who called themselves an anti-terrorism group. He had continued fighting after the Islamists routed other warlords and seized the Somalian capital last month.

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