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Rift between Somalia's rebel groups deepens | International | Reuters

Rift between Somalia's rebel groups deepens | International | Reuters: "MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somalia's two main insurgent groups clashed on Saturday near the southern port of Kismayu and residents said al Shabaab and Hizbul Islam were squaring up for battles elsewhere in the Horn of Africa country.

The rebel groups fought for control of the lucrative port and main airport in southern Somalia this week. Al Shabaab won the battle, in which a local rights group said at least 28 civilians and an unknown number of combatants were killed."

As troops draw down, more contractors hired | StarTribune.com

As troops draw down, more contractors hired | StarTribune.com: "Just as they were starting to pack to leave in 2007, they learned that they were part of a group of 2,500 Minnesota National Guard troops whose deployments had been extended an additional four months as part of President George W. Bush's 'surge.'

So where did two veterans from Detroit Lakes end up after coming home? Back in Iraq.

Dustin Heard and Dan Wilson, who were in the same unit in Iraq during a 15-month tour with the Guard, are now working as private security contractors at a base near the Baghdad International Airport."