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Somali and AMISOM troops have removed Shabaab forces from the areas around Gendershe, Dhanane, and Jilib in Lower Shabelle. In Gedo, Somali forces claim they will soon launch a campaign against Shabaab positions with the help of Ethiopian AMISOM peacekeepers. Uganda has sent an additional 1,600 troops to join AMISOM efforts.
The Somali government has fired 700 soldiers of various ranks for incompetence. In Mogadishu, Shabaab has claimed responsibility for two consecutive nights of shelling in various government and AMISOM-controlled areas. Although Kenya will decrease its troop presence in Kismayo, the KDF has denied allegations that Kenyan forces are preparing to pull out of Somalia completely.
After the Somali government complained Kenyan troops were interfering with its attempts to assert authority, Kenya will decrease its troop presence in Kismayo. Sources claim that three Kenyan soldiers were killed, and one armored vehicle was damaged over the weekend in an ambush by Shabaab forces near Afmadow in Lower Jubba. Shabaab has arrested 16 people working for the Somali telecommunications company Hormud Telecom in Jilib in Middle Jubba.
AMISOM troops have disrupted an anti-Mogadishu conference in Baidoa aimed at creating an autonomous state in southern Somalia consisting of Bay, Bakool, Gedo, Lower Jubba, Middle Jubba, and Lower Shabelle. The Sufi militant group Ahlu Sunna Wal Jamaa has urged Shabaab to lay down arms and seek an amnesty deal. In Barawe, Shabaab led a public demonstration protesting the integration of Ethiopian troops into AMISOM.
President Mohamud wants the current UN arms embargo freeze extended, as Somali troops still need equipment to fight insurgents, and said increased operations against Shabaab are imminent. In Lower Shabelle, infighting between two clans within the Somali army killed at least 18 people, including two civilians. In Kismayu, locals demonstrated against the relocation of Kenyan AMISOM troops due to be replaced by Sierra Leonean counterparts. In Baidoa, a Shabaab officer surrendered, citing "unbearable living conditions and internal threats."
A Somali special forces unit called 'Alpha Group' has begun operations to detain suspected Shabaab members. An angry mob formed yesterday in Mogadishu when an AMISOM convoy failed to stop after it hit and killed a local man. Shabaab urged Somalis to take up arms and help the group kill AMISOM soldiers for failing to differentiate between soldiers and civilians.
Shabaab has confirmed that intelligence operative Sahal Iskudhuq was killed by a US strike over the weekend. US security officials speaking off the record said the drone strike was targeting Shabaab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane. AMISOM has launched a 35-day training program for over 1,000 soldiers from the Interim Jubba Administration.
Shabaab threatened more violence in response to Ethiopian troops' formally joining AMISOM. Over the weekend, a US drone strike killed an Amniyat commander in Lower Shabelle, and Puntland forces attacked a Shabaab base in Galgala. In Mogadishu, Shabaab killed five Somali soldiers in a brazen daytime attack, after having attacked a police station the night before.
The Sufi militia Ahlu Sunna wal Jamaa (ASWJ) has given its support to Ethiopian integration into AMISOM. Shabaab militants shelled Mogadishu last night, wounding four people. Shabaab has arrested more than 100 people in Bardere town in Gedo for crimes ranging from trading khat to arson.
Shabaab has shut down mobile Internet access in areas under its control. A tipoff from Ahlu Sunna wal Jamaa forces led to the Kenyan Defence Forces airstrike on Shabaab leaders in Birta Dher village. Over 4,000 Ethiopian soldiers have formally integrated into AMISOM with orders to operate in the regions of Bay, Bakool, and Gedo. KDF forces in Kismayo are believed to have repelled a nighttime Shabaab attack on their base at Kismayo airport.
Two Somali soldiers were killed in a landmine explosion outside of Mogadishu when their vehicle entered a minefield. Somali police and their Ugandan counterparts have signed a counter-terrorism agreement that includes joint equipment procurement and intelligence sharing.
Shabaab insurgents raided military facilities in Middle Shabelle on Tuesday night, stealing RPGs and anti-tank weapons. Ten government soldiers were killed in the attack. In Bay, government forces have arrested suspected Shabaab fighters in a security crackdown following the death of two Somali soldiers.
Djiboutian Forces have received 26 Land Cruisers from the US to help fight Shabaab in Beledweyne. Six army and police officers were killed in a Shabaab attack in Middle Shabelle. The federal government has confirmed the US military presence in Mogadishu.
Shabaab has warned residents of Mogadishu not to work for international aid organizations. The group also threated to attack US forces in Mogadishu, following reports that the US has a base at Mogadishu airport. A delegation of Somali parliamentarians visited their counterparts in Iran to extend bilateral ties.