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A portrait of Colonel Mohamed Bacar, the self-proclaimed leader of the Indian Ocean island of Anjouan decorated with an Anjouanese flag is pictured in his office at the Presidential Palace in Ouani, near the capital Mutsamudu.
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Colonel Mohamed Bacar, the self-proclaimed leader of the Indian Ocean island of Anjouan (L) works in his office as one of his bodyguards keeps watch at the Presidential Palace.
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Lahidin Abdallah, 36, who claims to have been tortured by the Government of Anjouan, is taken by nurses for an echography at El-Maarouf Hospital in Moroni, the capital of the Union of Comoros.
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Comoran troops take part in military training exercises in Fomboni, to prepare for the recapture the nearby rebel island of Anjouan.
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Tanzanian African Union (AU) troops undertake military training exercises in Fomboni, the capital of Comoros island of Moheli.
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Tanzanian African Union (AU) troops disembark during a military training exercise in Fomboni, the capital of Comoros island of Moheli.
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African Union and Comoran soldiers take their positions to fight against supporters of renegade Anjouan leader Mohamed Bacar, in Mutsamudu, the capital of the island.
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Supporters of renegade Anjouan leader Mohamed Bacar wait to fight against the African Union and Comoran forces in Mutsamudu, the capital of Anjouan.
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Supporters of renegade Anjouan leader Mohamed Bacar wait to fight against the African Union and Comoran forces in Mutsamudu, the capital of Anjouan.
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A Comorian soldier (L) shoots at the positions of supporters of renegade Anjouan leader Mohamed Bacar in Mutsamudu, the capital of the island.
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Displaced Anjouanese flee from the fightings in Ouani, near Mutsamudu.
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An African Union soldier shoots a rocket at the positions of supporters of renegade Anjouan leader Mohamed Bacar in Mutsamudu, the capital of Anjouan.
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Mohammed Nedhoim, 42, a suspect of supporting renegade Anjouan leader Mohamed Bacar, is captured by the Comoran and African Union troops after firing three rockets at his house.
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Mohammed Nedhoim begs for his life, while being beaten by African Union and Comoran troops.
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Mohammed Nedhoim is finally arrested by the African Union and Comoran troops after beating him up.
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Mohammed Nedhoim is arrested by the African Union and Comoran troops after beating him up.
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Comoran soldiers take control of the presidential palace in Mutsamudu, the capital of the island.
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Comoran soldiers pose on the desk of Anjouan renegade leader Mohamed Bacar at the presidential palace after taking control of the island.

The 2008 invasion of Anjouan (code-named Operation Democracy in Comoros) took place on March 25 2008 with an amphibious assault led by the Comoros, backed by African Union (AU) forces, including troops from Sudan, Tanzania, Senegal, along with logistical support from Libya and France. The objective of the invasion was to topple Colonel Mohamed Bacar's leadership in Anjouan, an island part of the Union of Comoros, when he refused to step down after a disputed 2007 election, in defiance of the federal government and the AU.
The invasion occurred on the early morning of March 25, 2008. The main towns were quickly overrun and the island was declared under the control of the invading forces the same day. Mohamed Bacar managed to escape to Mayotte on March 26, reportedly dressed as a woman, and requested political asylum. He was subsequently held in custody there by the French administration and brought to the island of RĂ©union. On May 15, France rejected Bacar's request for asylum but the French refugee office ruled that the ousted leader could not be extradited to the Comoros because of the risk of persecution. Some analysts suggested that the AU was hoping to win easily against Anjouan to earn some international prestige to offset the failures of its struggling peacekeeping missions in Sudan and Somalia.