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Shabaab has attacked Ethiopian and Somali troops near Beledweyne. A Djiboutian AMISOM soldier was killed while attempting to defuse undetonated RPGs. In Gedo, Somali national army and Ahlu Sunna fighters launched a joint offensive against Shabaab bases south of Garbaharey. A recent report details how aid agencies paid Shabaab during the 2011 famine. Shabaab attacked several Kenyan Defense Forces bases in the city of Afmadow.
Ethiopian heavy armor and infantry have moved into the town of El Barde in Bakool. In Baidoa, security forces have boosted their operations over the past week, and have arrested over 250 suspects with ties to Shabaab. In Mogadishu, at least two people were injured when mortar shells were fired towards the Presidential Palace.
Shabaab carried out a suicide attack in Bossaso. In Beledweyne, Shabaab fighters unsuccessfully attacked an AMISOM base, with both sides believed to be using heavy artillery. Nearby, in the Mahas region, pastoralists have begun fighting back against Shabaab attacks aimed at stealing their livestock. A total of 139 Somali soldiers have completed their EU-led urban combat training in Uganda and will return home.
UN investigators in Kismayu say that Kenyan forces, Ras Kamboni militiamen, and Shabaab split charcoal profits with each other despite being at war. Somalia's central regions have banned a widely used schoolbook called "Islamic Education" that promotes the idea of apostasy and justifies suicide bombing.
A UN Security Council report says Shabaab may be moving closer to al Qaeda's "global ideology and agenda." President Mohamud has called for an end to clashes after eight people were killed in a skirmish between Puntland troops and a local militia.
Reports suggest that Shabaab militants attacked a Somali and AMISOM convoy in Baidoa. Prime Minister Shirdon and his cabinet have lost a vote of confidence by Somali lawmakers. Shirdon will leave office, ending his long-running dispute with President Mohamud, which may end weeks of government paralysis.
A combined force of Djiboutian and Somali troops has reportedly retreated to Beledweyne after meeting heavy Shabaab resistance in Luuq-Jeelow and Baar Village. If true, this would be the first significant setback since AMISOM and Somali troops renewed their offensive in the area.
Three Shabaab fighters were killed when Somali and AMISOM soldiers captured Buq-gosar village, west of Beledweyne. In Kismayo, the police have accused Shabaab of planting a roadside bomb that killed one person and wounded six on Monday, while two suspected Shabaab members were arrested for entering the city illegally. Unconfirmed reports indicate that the two were British passport holders.
AMISOM and Somali troops have launched a fresh assault to liberate central Somalia. In Lower Shabelle, a Shabaab landmine missed an AMISOM convoy, killing at least 21 camels instead. A judge was assassinated by Shabaab in Hurwa.
The United Nations has approved a plan to integrate Ethiopian troops into AMISOM and increase the number of peacekeepers to over 22,000. Shabaab infighting continues, with the detention today of Yusuf Isse and other leaders by Ahmad Abdi Godane.
A senior AMISOM commander said the force will gain 4,000 additional troops and may renew its offensive against Shabaab. In Beledweyne, Shabaab carried out a suicide assault on a police station, killing at least 21 people.
Shabaab has retaken the town of Kudhaa without meeting any resistance. A Shabaab commander confirmed local reports that Kenyan forces and the Raskamboni militia withdrew before their arrival. The reversal comes hours after the UN approved additional troops for Somalia and an AU official acknowledged that progress made against Shabaab was starting to recede.
Ethiopian troops will join Kenyan and Ugandan troops in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). The Somali government welcomed the move and stressed the need for collaboration between the two neighboring countries.