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French commandos attempted to free Denis Allex, a French intelligence operative captured by Shabaab in 2009. A French soldier was killed and another was captured during the failed raid. Seventeen Shabaab fighters were killed.




Shabaab kills, captures French soldiers during failed rescue mission in Somalia

French commandos from the General Directorate for External Security attempted to rescue Denis Allex, one of their operatives captured in 2009. The French said they believe Allex was killed in the raid; Shabaab denied the claim.


Two Puntland politicians appear to have been interviewed by two radio outlets affiliated with Shabaab. A judge freed the killer of two foreign medical aid workers who were gunned down in December 2011.




Stanley McChrystal criticises reliance on drones as strikes hit Pakistan




Omar Hammami's personal dispute with Shabaab

The American jihadist's rants against Shabaab indicate a personal feud with the al Qaeda affiliate, and not a wider split between Somali jihadists and foreign fighters.


A UN report shows that increasing cooperation between Somalia's Shabaab and the Ugandan rebel group Allied Democratic Forces is spreading instability across the region. African Union forces launched a major offensive against Shabaab militants along the Ballidoogle-Leego road, approximately 120 kilometers northwest of Mogadishu.




Sahel security global threat, 8-14,000 Jihadists now in Mali, region, to double in year: Study




Nigeria Emerges as Center for Pirate Attacks




Puntland security forces killed three Shabaab fighters while repelling an attack near the Galgala Mountains, a Shabaab stronghold. One soldier was also killed in the fighting. Shabaab fighters killed a woman after opening fire on a wedding ceremony.




In Nigeria, trapped between Islamist radicals and security forces




Ugandan troops killed several Shabaab fighters during clashes near Marka. Security forces captured 15 Shabaab fighters in Mogadishu. Nigeria will send 140 police officers to support AMISOM.




US drone strategy in Yemen is fraught with peril




Somali security forces retreated from Bulo-Gudud after Shabaab fighters returned in force. Nine Shabaab suspects were detained in Jowhar. The interior minister gave Shabaab fighters 100 days to surrender.




A group of Shabaab fighters surrendered to Somali officials in the Bay region. Fighting between Somali forces and Shabaab had raged in the region a day earlier. Somali forces have erected a controversial checkpoint at Bar Ismail near the Afgoye district in lower Shabelle.




'Swedes did not commit crime against America'




Somali pirates released a ship and 22 crew members held captive for 33 months; the vessel was besieged by Puntland maritime police on Dec. 10, and a few days later the police killed three pirates and captured three more. It is unclear if a ransom was paid.




Alabama terror case could hinge on relationships




Somali troops and members of the pro-government elements of the Ras Kamboni Brigade clashed in Kismayo. Eight people, including two Ras Kamboni fighters, were killed during the fighting.




The Ethiopian military indicated that the African Union will expand its operations beyond Jowhar and Beledweyne. The towns of Bulo Burto and Jalalaqsi, which are between the two cities, are still under Shabaab control.




Shabaab gunned down a Somali judge in Baidoa and killed an aid worker in Mogadishu. Piracy off the coast of Somalia has dropped significantly; no ships have been hijacked in the past six months.