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The African Union killed a senior Shabaab commander who led forces in the Bay and Bakool region. African Union forces are replacing Ethiopian troops who have withdrawn from the Bay area.

Imprisoned, Tortured, Killed: Human Trafficking Thrives on Sinai Peninsula

The Ras Kamboni militia arrested the senior security chief in Kismayo. The African Union Mission in Somalia denied that it will replace Kenyan troops with soldiers from Sierra Leone.

A military court convicted a Shabaab operative of executing a Somalia journalist who worked for Radio Maanta in Mogadishu. Shabaab welcomed "our brothers" from al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb who recently opened a Twitter account.

Somalian Minister on Domestic Security, War on Terrorism, Piracy, and Al-Qaeda

Malian Coup Leader Sanogo: 'I Saved the Country'

The African Union Mission in Somalia announced that the nearly 1,000 troops being deployed by Sierra Leone will be sent to bases in Kismayo, Baidoa, and Beledweyn. The cities have served as major Shabaab strongholds in the past.

Sierra Leone is deploying 850 soldiers to serve with the African Union Mission in Somalia. Shabaab urged "Muslims around the world to help their oppressed Muslim brothers & sisters in Myanmar in whatever way they can."

Somalia's intelligence chief was dismissed after being accused of "extrajudicial killings" of Somali men. Elders from the Hawiye clan accused the military of committing human rights violations. Shabaab claimed it attacked militia bases in Afmadow.

Ethiopian and Somali forces claimed to have retaken Hudur, the provincial capital of Bakool, from Shabaab. A female journalist was gunned down in Mogadishu. Two large blasts were heard at the Presidential Palace in Kismayo.

Somali troops fought amongst themselves in the town of Marka; five people are thought to have been killed. A human rights worker was gunned down in Mogadishu.

As New Drone Policy Is Weighed, Few Practical Effects Are Seen

The US has posted $5 million rewards for American jihadists Jehad Mostafa and Omar Hammami. Mostafa is thought to have served as Ayman al Zawahiri's emissary. AMISOM said it is "closely monitoring developments" in Hudur after Shabaab took the town following the withdrawal of Ethiopian forces.

US posts $5 million reward for American suspected of being Zawahiri's emissary to Shabaab

Mostafa-Hammami-RFJ-Poster.jpgThe FBI told The Long War Journal that Jehad Mostafa is thought to be Abu Abdullah al Muhajir, the American who distributed aid at a Somali camp in 2011 on behalf of al Qaeda's emir. The US also offered a $5 million reward for Omar Hammami.

Will $5M bring down tweeting, rapping US jihadi?

Shabaab retook control of Awdinle near Baidoa after seizing Hudur three days ago. The prime minister said the military would retake Hudur, but Ethiopia has indicated it would withdraw its forces.

President Hassan claimed Shabaab has been defeated and the group has morphed into a terrorist movement that attacks civilians. Shabaab claimed it retook control of Hudur after defeating Ethiopian forces.

A suicide bomber killed 10 people in a bombing near the Presidential Palace in Mogadishu. The suicide bomber detonated a car packed with explosives as senior security officials passed by.

Somali pirates release sailors as piracy reports reach five-year low

Somalia's army chief vowed to free all areas of Somalia that remain under Shabaab control. Pirates freed two ships and released 48 hostages after reportedly receiving ransom payments.