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At least two people were killed in Bay during clashes between Shabaab and government forces. Shabaab's new radio station in Dinsor is unpopular with locals. In Lower Shabelle, Shabaab has mediated a disagreement between two clans.
Shabaab has denied involvement in a recent attack that killed three Syrian doctors and three of their Somali counterparts. Somali forces will no longer decline to search foreigners, specifically Westerners and Caucasians, during security checks.
Fighting between two clan-based militias within the Somali Armed Forces has entered its fifth day, leaving at least 35 people dead, including 20 soldiers. At least two people have been killed in clashes between Shabaab and Somali forces in Wanlaweyn. Somalia's defense minister promised that Shabaab will be eradicated in 2014.
Somali forces arrested 600 suspects in door-to-door sweeps in Baidoa following a Shabaab attack. At least seven people were killed in a Shabaab attack on a military base in Mogadishu. Shabaab briefly returned to Twitter nearly three months after the Westgate Mall assault.
Shabaab attacked Kenyan Defense Forces based at the Mogadishu airport. In Bay, Somali and Ethiopian troops have cleared Shabaab roadblocks. Twelve people were killed in Lower Shabelle as Somali troops turned on each other during an inter-clan argument over agricultural lands.
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.