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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.

Kenya and Uganda bolster security after explosion

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.

A Hizbul Islam spokesman confirmed that his group has merged with Shabaab; an announcement may be made this week. Four soldiers and a civilian were killed in an IED attack in Mogadishu.

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.

Hizbul Islam joins Shabaab in Somalia

Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys merged with al Qaeda-linked Shabaab after suffering a string of defeats south of Mogadishu.

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.

Twenty people were killed and 35 more were wounded in fighting between Shabaab and Somali forces in Mogadishu. African Union forces denied shelling the Bakara market in Mogadishu.

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.

Stockholm bomber aimed for major targets: prosecutor

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.

Shabaab and Hizbul Islam clashed in Burhakaba; Hizbul Islam claimed it took control of the city. Three people were killed in mortar exchanges between Shabaab and African Union forces in Mogadishu.

Families in Kismayo said Shabaab is pressing young men to fight in Mogadishu, and the families are not allowed to contact their sons. Djibouti has reopened its embassy in Mogadishu.

Somali radio station wins press freedom award

Puntland security forces killed two Shabaab "assassins" who shot and wounded a government official in Bosaso. Shabaab trained 300 fighters in Baidoa, the former seat of government of the Transitional Federal Government.

Twenty people were killed during clashes between clans in central Somalia. Two people were killed during fighting in Mogadishu. The military executed a Somali soldier for killing another soldier.

Shabaab's military strength in Somalia