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Shabaab killed 12 people, including several soldiers, in two suicide attacks that targeted African Union and Somali convoys south of Mogadishu. The government shut down two radio stations in the capital after accusing them of reproducing Shabaab propaganda.

The Pentagon confirmed that Shabaab emir Ahmed Abdi Godane was killed in a US airstrike on a camp in southern Somalia. The airstrike took place on Sept. 1. Six other Shabaab commanders are rumored to have been killed. Government forces took control of the towns of El Garas and El La Hela.

Somali and African Union forces have taken over the town of Tiyeglow from Shabaab militants, who withdrew into nearby forests on Aug. 25, giving the government control of the Bakool region. AMISOM has announced a "second phase" of the campaign against Shabaab, which will focus on militant bases in central and southern Somalia.

African Union peacekeepers and Somali troops clashed with suspected Shabaab militants in Mogadishu; at least 14 people are reported to have been killed. During the fighting between security forces and a Shabaab-linked militia led by warlord Ahmed Dai, both sides have used rocket-propelled grenades, and several civilians are said to have been killed. A Norwegian oil company decided to pull out of Somaliland on Aug. 12 after an oil exploration team was ambushed in Hudur that day. Shabaab militants attacked military bases in Bulo Barde on Aug. 8.

A Shabaab suicide bomber detonated inside the police compound of the Port City of Bossaso Aug. 4, killing the Bari regional police commander as well as the head of internal revenue and two bodyguards. A former Somali presidential candidate, Faisal Ali Warabe, confirmed that his son appeared in a propaganda video recently released by the Islamic State; in the video, his son, Finnish jihadist Sayid Hussein Feisal Ali, urges Finns to join the Islamic State.

As many as nine female street cleaners in Mogadishu were killed by a bomb blamed on Shabaab. Ethiopian peacekeeping troops clashed with Shabaab near Garbaharay yesterday and arrested six people, including Somali officials, for fomenting violence in the city. Shabaab gunned down a member of Parliament in Mogadishu on July 28. Puntland suspended cooperation with the Somali federal government on July 31 after the latter endorsed a deal authorizing the creation of an autonomous state for the Mudug and Galgaduud regions. Three Shabaab members convicted of killing civilians were executed.

Shabaab gunmen in Mogadishu assassinated Saado Ali Warsame, a former folksinger in her 70s who was one of Somalia's few female lawmakers; her driver was also killed. Somali women had recently protested the lack of women in Parliament. Shabaab fighters attacked army troops in Mogadishu last night, and a number of Shabaab fighters are said to have been arrested. Kenyan airstrikes targeted Shabaab hideouts near Jilib in Middle Jubba yesterday. A Benadir region administrator was killed by a car bomb on July 21 in Mogadishu.

A government employee arrested after last week's attacks on the presidential compound in Mogadishu told authorities he was recruited by Shabaab two years ago and that he had helped provide intelligence on military losses and potential targets. Two days ago, suspected Shabaab militants killed Somalia's deputy chief for counterterrorism and one of his bodyguards in Mogadishu, and killed an army commander in an ambush in Lower Shabelle. Shabaab executed two alleged spies in Barawe on July 13. A UN monitoring panel accused President Mohamud and four other people of conspiring with a US law firm to divert Somali assets recovered abroad.

President Mohamud fired his police and intelligence chiefs and replaced them, after yesterday's Shabaab assault on the presidential palace in Mogadishu, the second this year. At least nine Shabaab fighters, most if not all wearing suicide belts, participated in the attack.

Three days after a Shabaab suicide attack outside the main gate of Parliament, a Shabaab assault team including suicide bombers launched an attack on the presidential palace in Mogadishu. Security forces repulsed the attackers after they had breached the perimeter wall, killing three of them. Suspected Shabaab militants bombed a Gedo restaurant at lunchtime on July 5, killing at least two people and injuring over five more.

A Shabaab suicide car bombing outside the main gate of Parliament in Mogadishu killed four people, including two policemen. Seven children were among the many wounded in the attack, which took place at a checkpoint.

Prominent lawmaker Ahmed Mohamud Hayd was killed along with his bodyguard in a drive-by shooting in Mogadishu that was claimed by Shabaab; another lawmaker, Abdullahi Ahmed Hussein Onka, and a secretary were wounded in the attack. Shabaab spokesman Abdulaziz Abu Musab threatened that the group would target other lawmakers for assassination if they do not leave the government. The US disclosed that it has up to 120 military personnel in Somalia, who serve as trainers and advisers.

A remotely-detonated bomb at a municipal office in Mogadishu killed at least two people and wounded five; two traffic officers were gunned down. Armed groups attacked the Banadir regional center in Mogadishu on June 29. Shabaab militants attacked a Somali and Djiboutian base near Beledweyne on June 27. Shabaab threatened to target AMISOM and government forces, and Prime Minister Mohamed called for vigilance during Ramadan. UN Special Envoy Nicholas Kay warned that Shabaab has the capacity to conduct attacks abroad, and urged Horn of Africa countries to step up border monitoring.

The AU said Kenyan jets bombed Shabaab bases in Anole and Kuday in the Lower Juba region, killing over 50 Shabaab fighters in Kuday and 30 in Anole. Airstrikes were also reported near Kulbiyo, close to the Kenya-Somalia border. The airstrikes took place after an ambush on Kenyan troops. Shabaab declared Kenya a "war zone" in a statement on June 17, in the same language used in January 2012 by "Supreme Emir" Imam Ali of the Kenya-based Muslim Youth Centre. A bomb killed a nurse and injured a doctor in Mogadishu on June 18. The government is reportedly planning to recognize a three-region state comprised of Bay, Bakool, and Lower Shabelle.

Shabaab militants arrested some 100 women in Buale, ordering them to wear the head-to-toe covering niqab or be publicly whipped. Fighting broke out in Wajid in Bakool after Shabaab militants attacked soldiers who were guarding supplies. Somalia's prime minister asked Ethiopia to provide soldiers to escort emergency aid supplies in southern Somalia, where Shabaab has been blockading towns and districts.

At least 13 Shabaab militants were killed and eight Somali and AMISOM troops were wounded in clashes near Hudur in Bakool. Sheikh Golis Mohamed Saed Atom, a former Shabaab commander in Puntland, defected on June 7; he said he had been forced to resign his Shabaab command after the arrival of a "spectacular number of Shabaab militants in Galgala through Golis hills." Both the Ogaden National Liberation Front and Shabaab spokesman Abdiazis Abu Muscab denied the Bakool governor's allegation that Shabaab coordinates operations with the ONLF against Ethiopian and AMISOM troops along the Somali-Ethiopian border.

A Shabaab court in Barawe sentenced three men to death for spying; they were then executed. A few days earlier, Shabaab executed three other alleged spies in Bulo Mare; and amputated the hand one man and flogged another in Barawe. Last week Shabaab forces raided bases near the Ethiopian border in Bakool, killing 28 vigilantes; 12 militants were killed in the clash. On May 28, the head of the Somali National Army head survived an assassination attempt in Mogadishu when his motorcade was targeted with landmines.

Two days after warning it was shifting its war to Kenya, Shabaab launched an assault on the Somali parliament in Mogadishu. At least four people have been killed in the clash, which began with a car bombing followed by an attack by gunmen in military uniforms. Shabaab spokesman Ali Hussain also threatened two days ago that the group was planning attacks on military and soft targets in Mogadishu. Shabaab reportedly decapitated a female soldier in the presence of her two daughters in Bay earlier this week.

Airstrikes by Kenyan AU-force jets targeted Shabaab in Jilib in Middle Jubba yesterday. The Somali army claimed to have killed 17 militiamen during the army's roadblock-clearing operation in Lower Shabelle in recent months.

Security forces in Baidoa arrested three suspected terrorists linked to a suicide bombing in the city on May 12 that killed 12 people and injured 20 more. The attack had targeted the convoy of the former governor of the Bay region. Shabaab militants targeted army bases in Gedo with RPGs. Shabaab awarded AK-47s and military uniforms to clan elders in Middle Jubba on May 9 for taking part in the fighting and contributing farm animals and money. Shabaab leader Mukhtar Abu al-Zubeir a.k.a. Godane issued a propaganda video blaming Christians for violence in CAR and elsewhere. Yesterday Shabaab issued a video asking Muslims in the West to come join the group or carry out 'lone wolf' attacks.