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The Pentagon confirmed that Shabaab emir Ahmed Abdi Godane was killed in a US airstrike on a camp in southern Somalia. The airstrike took place on Sept. 1. Six other Shabaab commanders are rumored to have been killed. Government forces took control of the towns of El Garas and El La Hela.
Somali and African Union forces have taken over the town of Tiyeglow from Shabaab militants, who withdrew into nearby forests on Aug. 25, giving the government control of the Bakool region. AMISOM has announced a "second phase" of the campaign against Shabaab, which will focus on militant bases in central and southern Somalia.
African Union peacekeepers and Somali troops clashed with suspected Shabaab militants in Mogadishu; at least 14 people are reported to have been killed. During the fighting between security forces and a Shabaab-linked militia led by warlord Ahmed Dai, both sides have used rocket-propelled grenades, and several civilians are said to have been killed. A Norwegian oil company decided to pull out of Somaliland on Aug. 12 after an oil exploration team was ambushed in Hudur that day. Shabaab militants attacked military bases in Bulo Barde on Aug. 8.
A Shabaab suicide bomber detonated inside the police compound of the Port City of Bossaso Aug. 4, killing the Bari regional police commander as well as the head of internal revenue and two bodyguards. A former Somali presidential candidate, Faisal Ali Warabe, confirmed that his son appeared in a propaganda video recently released by the Islamic State; in the video, his son, Finnish jihadist Sayid Hussein Feisal Ali, urges Finns to join the Islamic State.
As many as nine female street cleaners in Mogadishu were killed by a bomb blamed on Shabaab. Ethiopian peacekeeping troops clashed with Shabaab near Garbaharay yesterday and arrested six people, including Somali officials, for fomenting violence in the city. Shabaab gunned down a member of Parliament in Mogadishu on July 28. Puntland suspended cooperation with the Somali federal government on July 31 after the latter endorsed a deal authorizing the creation of an autonomous state for the Mudug and Galgaduud regions. Three Shabaab members convicted of killing civilians were executed.
Shabaab gunmen in Mogadishu assassinated Saado Ali Warsame, a former folksinger in her 70s who was one of Somalia's few female lawmakers; her driver was also killed. Somali women had recently protested the lack of women in Parliament. Shabaab fighters attacked army troops in Mogadishu last night, and a number of Shabaab fighters are said to have been arrested. Kenyan airstrikes targeted Shabaab hideouts near Jilib in Middle Jubba yesterday. A Benadir region administrator was killed by a car bomb on July 21 in Mogadishu.
A government employee arrested after last week's attacks on the presidential compound in Mogadishu told authorities he was recruited by Shabaab two years ago and that he had helped provide intelligence on military losses and potential targets. Two days ago, suspected Shabaab militants killed Somalia's deputy chief for counterterrorism and one of his bodyguards in Mogadishu, and killed an army commander in an ambush in Lower Shabelle. Shabaab executed two alleged spies in Barawe on July 13. A UN monitoring panel accused President Mohamud and four other people of conspiring with a US law firm to divert Somali assets recovered abroad.
President Mohamud fired his police and intelligence chiefs and replaced them, after yesterday's Shabaab assault on the presidential palace in Mogadishu, the second this year. At least nine Shabaab fighters, most if not all wearing suicide belts, participated in the attack.
Three days after a Shabaab suicide attack outside the main gate of Parliament, a Shabaab assault team including suicide bombers launched an attack on the presidential palace in Mogadishu. Security forces repulsed the attackers after they had breached the perimeter wall, killing three of them. Suspected Shabaab militants bombed a Gedo restaurant at lunchtime on July 5, killing at least two people and injuring over five more.