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Sheikh Abdirahim Ali Mudey, the spokesman for the Islamic courts, said the al Qaeda-backed group is gaining strength. "We will fight as long as a single Ethiopian soldier remains on our country's soil," Mudey said. Mortar attacks in Mogadishu killed 12, including three children.
A roadside bomb wounded at 12 Somali soldiers stationed outside the parliament building in Baidoa. Shabaab fighters attacked a military checkpoint in Hiran province. Five civilian were wounded in a mortar attack in Mogadishu.
Seventeen were killed in attacks in Mogadishu, including 13 in a Shabaab mortar strike. The director of security at Somalia's National Security Ministry said the government is powerless against the al Qaeda-backed group. "About 80 percent of Somalia is not safe and is not under control of the government," Nur said. "Islamists are planning to launch a massive attack against the (government) and its allied troops." A security official and his sister were killed in Baidoa.
The governor of Hiran province survived an IED attack in Beledweyn. Three were killed in an IED attack in Mogadishu's Bakara, 10 were killed in clan fighting in the Middle Shabelle region. The president said the southern port city of Kismayo is not under government control.
A policeman was killed and five civilians wounded in a series of clashes between Shabaab and Somali security forces. Initial reports the town of Bulo-Burde in Hiran province fell to Shabaab were incorrect, locals claimed. However former Islmaic Courts fighters are patroling the streets.
Shabaab has taken control of the town of Bulo-Burde in Hiran. Ethiopian forces withdrew from a strategic neighborhood in Mogadishu. Somali police arrested Sheikh Yusuf Mohamed Barrow, a former Islamic Courts leader and now the director of Mogadishu-based Noble Quran Radio.
Sheikh Sharif Ahmed, the former chairman of the al Qaeda-backed Islamic Courts and current chairman of the Alliance For the Re-Liberation of Somalia, rejected talks with the government. The US sought to "encourage the broadest possible engagement with forces that are not associated with terrorism." Two soldiers were killed in an ambush in the central Hiran province.
Elements of the insurgency are believed to be moving outside of Mogadishu after the crackdown in the city, and are targeting areas along the Ethiopian border. The Baidoa and Bakool regions are said to be areas of interest. Ethiopian troops launched mortars and rockets into a Mogadishu suburb after fighting with Shabaab claimed 10 killed and 15 wounded.
Somalia's Prime Minister announced he has formed his government and said he would negotiate with "the Asmara group" based out of Eritrea to end the insurgency. Four were killed in Mogadishu as security forces are conducting operations in the capital.
Fifteen Somalis were killed in fighting in Mogadishu. Shabaab may be regrouping in the central provinces of Hiran and Galgadud. The Ethiopian military may label Hiran a Shabaab stronghold after recent attacks. Shabaab's call to attack Ugandan peacekeepers may have caused a split between the terror group and the Hawiye clan. Burundi peacekeepers are to deploy in mid-December.
Shabaab fighters attacked an Ethiopian base in Mogadishu and hit a convoy with an IED strike. Prisoners took control of a camp in southern Somalia. The parliament approved Nur Hassan Hussein as the new Prime Minister.
A video posted on a Shabaab website shows the terror group marching in Mogadishu, waving al Qaeda's flag, and dragging the bodies of two Ethiopian soldiers in the streets. Ethiopia called for the quick deployment of peacekeepers to Somalia. The UN said over one million Somalis are homeless due to the fighting.
Somali troops are conducting operations in the central region of Hiran to prevent Shabaab from regrouping in the mountains surrounding Beledweyn. Ethiopian troops have occupied the residence of a former warlord. The Hawiye clan spokesman has been handed over to the Ethiopian military. Troops from Somaliland are said to be moving towards the capital of Puntland.
Al Qaeda operative and Shabaab leader Aden Hashi Ayro "called for attacks on African Union troops and expressed his wishes of someday beheading women and children in Addis Ababa" in a recording on the internet. Fighting between Shabaab and Ugandan forces took place in northern Mogadishu. A Somaliland colonel and his unit defected to neighboring Puntland.