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Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's leadership reportedly moved its military base temporarily from Yemen to Somalia. Sheikh Ali Mohamud Raghe "Ali Dhere", the spokesman of Shabaab, swore that the group will capture Mogadishu before the European Union trained forces in Uganda reach the capital. Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama™a and Shabaab fought over the Mataban district in central Somalia.
Seventeen people were killed during fighting between Shabaab and the pro-government Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama™a militia in Rage Ele; both sides claimed victory. Pirates hijacked a South Korean tanker with a crew of 24 and freed two Indian ships with 26 sailors.
"We have beheaded and shot dead at least 680"¨ apostates under my command, most of them in Baidoa, and I™m happy with it", said Shabaab leader Sheikh Mukhtar"¨ Robow 'Abu Mansur.™ Kenya has deployed a military force with a special unit to its border following an incursion by Shabaab. A US warship captured five pirates after an exchange of fire in the Indian Ocean west of the Seychelles.
The government appointed a Shabaab sympathizer as envoy to the US. Shabaab reportedly sent 2,000 fighters with armored vehicles to the central town of Dhusamareb, where the pro-government militia Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama™a has imposed a curfew. At least 16 people were killed in clashes between rival clans in central Somalia. Pirates hijacked an Indian trade boat as it left Mogadishu port.
India is attempting to trace the whereabouts of nearly 100 sailors on seven Indian vessels taken captive by pirates off the Somali coast. Shabaab fighters in the coastal town of Marka claimed that they hit a helicopter with rockets. Kenya denied a Somali request for thousands of troops trained in Kenya to be deployed to Mogadishu for an upcoming offensive against insurgents.
Hundreds of people protested against Shabaab in Mogadishu."¨ Gunmen killed a Hawiye clan elder in Lafole. Leaders of Shabaab and Hizbul Islam "travel with relative freedom to and from Kenya, where they raise funds, engage in recruitment and obtain treatment for wounded fighters," the UN stated. Pirates seized a UAE ship with 24 crew. Dutch marines disarmed 17 suspected pirates.
Shabaab claimed responsibility for killing a senior Somali government official in Mogadishu. Three people were killed in clashes between soldiers and armed protesters opposing the demolition of their houses near Mogadishu's main airport. Israeli security guards on board a ship repelled an attempted hijacking off Somalia for the second time in a week.
Two civilians were killed in a mortar attack in the northern part of Mogadishu. Somali police demolished several homesteads built near the Mogadishu Airport after reports emerged that they were built and used by Shabaab to carry out attacks. A Toronto student reported dead in Somalia was a blog author who posted the extremist propaganda of radical cleric Anwar al Awlaki.
Five civilians were killed in heavy shelling in Mogadishu. Kenyan police arrested a Somali-American as he and two associates attempted to fly to Somalia. Hashi Hussein Farah, who escaped from Kenya last weekend, is believed to be a major al Qaeda-linked fundraiser for Shabaab. The government is planning to launch its offensive to retain the control of 10 districts in Mogadishu "in the coming week."
A leading Somali cleric declared that Shabaab and Hizbul Islam's fight against the government is un-Islamic and not legitimate jihad, and the groups should negotiate a solution. The African Union called for a no-fly zone over Somalia and blocking the nation's ports. More than 2,500 Somali military recruits are stranded in Kenya.
President Sharif rejected direct military intervention from the US but welcomed logistical support. The interior minister claimed the offensive against Shabaab and Hizbul Islam would begin "soon" in Mogadishu. The family of a Canadian man who was killed while fighting alongside with Shabaab mourned his death.
A senior Shabaab military commander was assassinated in the city of Kismayo. A Canadian man who has been missing for two years was killed in Mogadishu while fighting for Shabaab. Hizbul Islam vowed to continue attacks against Ethiopian forces in Beledweyn.
Three people were killed in fighting in Mogadishu. Shabaab detained two reporters and shut down a radio station in Bardhere. Some members of Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jama'a rejected the agreement with the government. Pirates attacked a Dutch warship; the Dutch released the pirates after boarding their ships.
The United States denied helping Somalia's government launch an offensive against Shabaab, saying it had no plans to "Americanize" the conflict. Fighting between two clans over water killed 11 people in Galgaduud region. The French navy handed over 22 suspected pirates to semi-autonomous Puntland's authorities to be arraigned in local courts.
In Mogadishu, Shabaab fighters attacked government positions near the president's palace as the death toll reached 60 during the third day of fighting. Government soldiers backed by AMISOM troops crossed into the Shabaab-held district of Karan and killed a Kenyan al Qaeda leader. Shabaab mined the roadways and is reported to have entrenched in the nearby areas.
A businessman strongly linked to Shabaab has been a contractor for the World Food Program and UNICEF, a UN report said. He has pocketed $1.36 million ransom for the release of kidnapped aid workers, has been the financier of Shabaab in Baidoa and was involved in the looting of the UN compound, and is a "close associate" of atop Shabaab leader. Heavy fighting between insurgents and government troops in Mogadishu killed 43 people over two days.
Fighting between government forces and Shabaab fighters in the north of Mogadishu killed 17 people, including a "white Shabaab member." Shabaab beheaded two employees of a telecommunications company in the capital accused of spying. As much as half the food aid sent to Somalia is diverted to a web of corrupt contractors, radical Islamist militants, and local United Nations staff members, according to a new UN Security Council report.
Gunmen shot and killed senior Hizbul Islam official Bare Ali Bare in central Bakara market in Mogadishu; Hizbul Islam fighters killed four Shabaab members in revenge. Bare declared that his group Ras Kamboni did not merge with Shabaab. The most senior figure of al Qaeda in Nigeria, Ibrahim Haman Ahmed, was extradited to the US. He was working for Shabaab in Somalia.
The US is aiding Somalia in its plan to retake Mogadishu and has provided covert training, aerial surveillance, fuel, and money for weapons. A foreign official of Shabaab, Abdiqadir Al Muqraawi, was wounded by soldiers in Mogadishu and has died while he was being taken to Kismayo. A 12-year-old boy defected from Hizbul Islam and said he was trained by foreign and Somali instructors to behead people. The Turkish frigate Gemlik captured seven pirates. The French frigate Nivoise detained a total of 29 pirates and destroyed four skiffs.