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US authorities have arrested and charged a Virginia man with trying to help nearly 300 Somali people illegally enter the United States. Unidentified gunmen killed a deputy commissioner in the Mudug region in central Somalia. Shabaab™s spokesman in Mogadishu, Sheikh Ali Mohammued Raghe "Ali Dhere," blamed Hizbul Islam for recent explosions in Shabaab strongholds including the capital™s main market, Bakara.
A US Navy warship prevented an attack on a Tanzanian ship and apprehended eight suspected pirates. Three Shabaab fighters were killed and their bodies abandoned in the area inside Bakara Market in Mogadishu. A Somali man is fighting extradition from the Netherlands to the US, which suspects him of supporting Shabaab. His lawyer argues that he is innocent and the crimes he is accused of would not be punishable under Dutch law.
The US accused Eritrea of working to destabilize the Horn of Africa region. Shiekh Fuad Mohamed Qalaf, also known as Shongole, survived a roadside bomb attack in Mogadishu; Shabaab fighters arrested three Hizbul Islam officials linked to the assassination attempt. Shabaab leader Sheikh Abu Mansur said that he forgave the former members of the transitional government of Somalia in southern Somalia after a meeting in Baidoa.
In Mogadishu, the information secretary of Hizbul Islam, Sheikh Mohamed Moallim, declared war against Shabaab. Shabaab killed a clan chief in Warmahan Village in the southern Lower Shabelle region and prohibited the World Food Programme from returning to southern Somalia unless it stops supplying US-flagged rations. Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki rejected claims that his country supports Shabaab.
Shabaab retook the southern town of Dobley from Hizbul Islam without a fight. A government official defected and joined Hizbul Islam. President Ahmed called for Islamist fighters to enter peace talks with the government.
Hundreds of Hizbul Islam fighters have taken control of the town of Dhobley near the Kenyan border. Shabaab fighters were forced to flee after fierce clashes that left at least 15 people dead. Government forces have embarked on security search operations in major roads. Vehicles and people traveling to Bakara market, a Shabaab stronghold in Mogadishu, are being searched thoroughly.
The World Food Programme said its investigation into the possible diversion of aid had absolved staff and partner organizations distributing food in Somalia. The US is withholding millions of dollars in aid amid fears it benefits Shabaab. Soldiers have conducted house-to-house search operations in districts under the control of the Somali government in Mogadishu. Pro-government group Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jama™a is negotiating on power sharing with the transitional government.
Shabaab seized control of the town of Diif on the Kenyan border after clashes with Hizbul Islam. Ten people were killed during clashes between government forces and Shabaab in Mogadishu. A Hizbul Islam spokesman urged Somali members of parliament to join their fight against the government.
Four Somalis were killed in an assassination attempt against Somali's state minister for defense in Mogadishu; a suicide bomber and two IEDs were used in the attack. Three people were killed during clashes between Islamists and government forces in Mogadishu.
Four Shabaab fighters were killed in a blast at a health center in the Bakara Market in Mogadishu. The EU will train 2,000 Somali troops in Uganda. The state minister for defense said Hizbul Islam leader Hassan Dahir Aweys is in danger of being killed by Shabaab. A member of parliament defected to Shabaab. A Burundi military spokesman denied his country is withdrawing from Somalia.
Five civilians were killed in fighting in Mogadishu. Shabaab killed a clan leader and a civilian in Afgoye. Somali's sports minister died of wounds suffered in a suicide attack in December 2009. Shabaab called for jihad against the Somali governemnt and African Union forces.
The death toll of yesterday™s shelling in Mogadishu reached 30. Shabaab™s new battalion, named Khalid Bin Walid, poured into Mogadishu to help counter the government offensive in the capital. Pirates freed a Taiwanese trawler used as a "mother ship" to attack other vessels during a 10-month period; three crew members did not survive captivity.
Ten civilians were killed during shelling and two soldiers were killed in an IED attack in Mogadishu. Fighting between police and the military in Mogadishu resulted in four soldiers killed. Hundreds of Shabaab fighters are deploying to the capital. The African Union denied Shabaab reports that its soldiers were killed in terrorist bombings.
Ten Somalis were killed during shelling and gun battles in Mogadishu. The home of a Hizbul Islam official was attacked in Afgoye. The Somali government denied reports that one of its Army commanders defected to Shabaab.
A senior Shabaab leader called for jihad against Kenya. A foreign Shabaab military commander was killed by his guards in Mogadishu. Shabaab fighters are reportedly withdrawing from districts in Mogadishu.
Two people were killed during an exchange of mortar fire in northern Mogadishu. The commander of police in the Mudug region of Puntland escaped an assassination attempt. Kenya has completed the training of 2,500 Somali troops.
Civilians are fleeing Mogadishu as government troops and Shabaab fighters are reinforcing their bases. The government admitted that Islamist groups control the nation's economic centers and air and sea ports, and claimed Shabaab torched the Bakara market. The government will also close its foreign embassies.
Hizbul Islam leader Hassan Dahir Aweys vowed to continue waging jihad in Somalia. A senior Hizbul Islam official dodged an assassination attempt in Mogadishu. Danish troops stormed a ship under the control of Somali pirates.
Hassan Turki confirmed the merger of the Ras Kamboni Brigade with Shabaab and said he made the decision to aid in "the unification of all Mujahidins and Muslims." Hizbul Islam leader Hassan Dahir Aweys denied that the Ras Kamboni Brigade joined Shabaab. The government claimed the military would begin a major offensive in Mogadishu. Two people were killed after Islamists attacked the president's airplane in Mogadishu.
The Ras Kamboni Brigade has broken away from Hizbul Islam, merged formally with Shabaab, and pledged allegiance with al Qaeda. Ras Kamboni leader Hassan Turki and Shabaab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane attended a ceremony in Baidoa. An artillery exchange between insurgents and presidential palace troops killed at last 16 people in Mogadishu. Five people were killed when Hizbul Islam and pro-government Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jama™a fighters engaged Shabaab fighters in Dhobley and Bula Hawa near the Kenyan border.