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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.

The United Nations Security Council extended the African Union's mandate in Somalia for one year. The UNSC also partially lifted the arms embargo on Somalia; government forces would be able to purchase light and medium weapons, but not "heavy weapons, such as surface-to-air missiles."

Amnesty International urged the United Nations to maintain the arms embargo on Somalia, which has been in effect for 21 years. A military court in Puntland sentenced three Shabaab fighters to death by firing squad.

Shabaab emir Sheikh Abu Zubayr threatened to attack Kenya if it did not withdraw its forces from Somalia. "If you want peace, remove your military from the Muslim lands ... you will not sleep safely in Nairobi and Mombasa as long as your military remains in the Islamic Administrations of Somalia," he said.

A suicide bomber struck at a beachside cafe in Mogadishu; casualties are unknown. Shabaab claimed it killed nine "kuffars" in an attack in Janaale.

A court in Puntland sentenced Shabaab emir Sheikh Abu Zubayr (Godane) to death for an assassination in Bosasso. African Union and Somali troops took control of Burhakaba after Shabaab forces fled the town.

US military may take over part of CIA drone war

American Shabaab fighter urges Muslims to join the 'fronts' of jihad

Abu-Ahmed-al-Amriki.jpgAbu Ahmed al Amriki implores Muslims to leave their lives of comfort and wage jihad in Somalia, Mali, Afghanistan, Iraq, or the "Islamic Maghreb" -- North Africa.

Eleven people were killed during tribal clashes in the former Shabaab-held city of Kismayo. African Union and Somali troops took control of two towns in Bay. Tens of thousands of Somalis protested against Shabaab in Garowe.

Sahel states must share intel, African expert warns

Six people were wounded in a grenade attack in the Bakara Market in Mogadishu. Shabaab commander Hassan Dahir Aweys denied any involvement in the killing of a prominent cleric in Puntland.

African Union and Somali forces battled Shabaab fighters in Janaale. Shabaab claimed it killed 25 "kuffar invaders" and lost three of its own fighters.

African Union troops secured the Johwar airport after Shabaab forces fled. Shabaab claimed it killed five members of a militia in Bardale and sentenced to death another militia fighter captured in Jilib.

Veteran Sudanese jihadist killed in French airstrike in Mali

Abu Hazim al Sudani waged jihad in Afghanistan, the Philippines, Chechnya, and the Sudan before he was finally killed by the French in Mali.