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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.
Seven Somali soldiers were killed by Shabaab in an ambush outside the town of Afgoye near Mogadishu. The Kenyan army claimed to have killed 30 Shabaab militants, including senior leadership, in a strike at a Shabaab camp in Birta Dhere in the Gedo region.
Shabaab has forbidden the use of Internet through mobile handsets and fiber optic cables in Somalia. In a statement released on its Facebook page, it said that any firm or individual who does not comply will be seen to be working with the enemy.
According to Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, Somali troops will soon begin a large-scale assault on Shabaab bases in central and southern Somalia. Military supplies for Djiboutian AMISOM soldiers have arrived in Beledweyne.
Six people were killed during a Shabaab suicide assault on the Jazeera hotel in Mogadishu. Shabaab detonated two car bombs outside the hotel, then two suicide bombers were gunned down before entering the hotel complex.
Lower Shabelle has experienced a wave of violence as Shabaab targets AMISOM and Somali troops with IEDs. The mayor of Galkayo in the Mudug region has accused Shabaab of carrying out an attack that wounded his deputy.
Mogadishu's mayor has criticized the clan-based '4.5 system' that favors the four major tribes of Somalia, and he said that some elements within the security forces are "worse than Shabaab." The Somali military will soon undertake more operations in and around the town of Beledweyne. Djibouti will contribute an additional battalion of troops to AMISOM. Shabaab has fled areas around Bardale as Somali and Ethiopian troops advance.