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Shabaab's spokesman appealed to al Qaeda to send more fighters to Somalia to wage jihad against African Union forces and the Transitional Federal Government. Al Qaeda is rumored to have relieved Shabaab's leader of command and replaced him with Ibrahim Haji Jama; the report is unconfirmed.
Shabaab confirmed it absorbed Hizbul Islam and called for more attacks against Uganda and Burundi. "We, al Shabaab and Hizbul Islam have united and we warn Uganda and Burundi forces and their people that we shall redouble our attacks," Shabaab's spokesman said.
Shabaab removed checkpoints formerly manned by Hizbul Islam on the roads south of Mogadishu. A former Hizbul Islam leader urged the group's fighters to join the government. President Sharif urged soldiers to stop chewing khat.
Fighters formerly loyal to Hizbul Islam have poured into Mogadishu to swell the ranks of Shabaab. The African Union downplayed Hizbul Islam's union with Shabaab. Shabaab arrested farmers who refused to sell their land to pro-Shabaab businessmen.
Hizbul Islam surrendered to Shabaab and merged with the terror group after losing its last strongholds south of Mogadishu. It is unclear if Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys will take a leadership position in Shabaab.
A Shabaab commander criticized overall leader Sheikh Muktar Abdirahman Abu Zubeyr for fighting against the rival Hizbul Islam, and said "the fighting in Burhakaba was not jihad." Shabaab seized control of Burhakaba from Hizbul Islam after weeks of heavy fighting.
Ten people were killed in fighting between Shabaab and Somali and African Union forces in Mogadishu. President Sharif called for Shabaab and Hizbul Islam to join the government. Shabaab chopped off a boy's hand after accusing him of theft.
Hizbul Islam leader Hassan Dahir Aweys vowed to defend Afgoi, its last remaining bastion, from Shabaab. A member of parliament seized control of the port in Mogadishu. The government suspended UNICEF and Red Cross operations.
Shabaab seized large areas of the Lower Shabelle region from Hizbul Islam. Hizbul Islam arrested several of its leaders in Afgoi suspected of being associated with Shabaab. Hizbul Islam is now confined to a small region south of Mogadishu.
Shabaab fighters in Burhakaba threatened to behead 20 Islamist commanders and fighters from the rival Hizbul Islam. Shabaab claimed Kenyan police are holding a leader from Kismayo, who have demanded $1,000 to free him.
Fifteen people were killed during fighting in Mogadishu. The Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jama'a militia claimed it captured then pardoned five Shabaab fighters; Shabaab disputed the report. Pirates hijacked a ship and captured 24 crew members.