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Early last Sunday morning, reports emerged of a shootout close to the presidential residence in Conakry, Guinea’s capital, between pro-government forces and an elite army unit intent on deposing President Alpha Conde. The Defense Ministry initially claimed the attack had been suppressed, but shortly thereafter, photographs and videos emerged on the internet of Conde surrounded and detained by armed troops. Later, Col. Mamady Doumbouya, a former French Legionnaire and the commander of a special forces unit created by Conde, appeared on state television to…

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