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Sheikh Muktar Abdelrahman Abu Zubeyr, Shabaab's reclusive spiritual leader, issued a statement approving of Hizbul Islam's merger with Shabaab and called for increased attacks against Somali and African Union forces. Ethiopian and Somali troops clashed in Hiraan province.
Shabaab and government forces fought in Beledweyne. France received a tape showing that an intelligence agent who was captured by Shabaab is still alive. The US issued a travel warning for American citizens considering going to Somalia.
Five people were killed during a Shabaab attack on an African Union military base in Mogadishu. Shabaab arrested 10 khat traders in Jowhar. Shabaab leader Fuad Mohamed "Shongole" Qalaf threatened to attack the US.
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.