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Hizbul Islam took control of the pirate haven of Haradhere. A bombing at a mosque in Kismayo killed one person. Shabaab threatened to conduct suicide attacks to avenge the May 1 bombings at a mosque in Mogadishu that killed more than 40 people.




Two explosions at a Shabaab-linked mosque in the Bakara market in Mogadishu killed more than 40 people. Sheik Fuad Mohammed Khalaf, a top military commander for Shabaab, was wounded. Residents of the town of Dusomareb in central Somalia have begun to leave as a Shabaab offensive is expected.




Shabaab said it carried out a suicide attack against African Union forces to avenge the killing of al Qaeda in Iraqi leaders Abu Ayyub al Masri and Abu Omar al Baghdadi. Shabaab claimed that 20 African Union troops were killed but the AU said the attack was unsuccessful.




Ten people were killed after Shabaab forces attacked the pro-government Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jama'a and took control of the town of El Bahay. Hizbul Islam leader Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys denounced a senior leader of his group and claimed he was colluding with the Somali, Ethiopian, and Kenyan governments. The African Union denied its forces violate the laws of war during combat in Mogadishu.




Fourteen people were killed during clashes between Somali forces and Shabaab in the capital of Mogadishu. Hundreds of Somali soldiers have deserted and joined the Islamist insurgency after not being paid their salaries, which are funded by the US.




A suicide bomber reportedly attacked a new African Union base in Mogadishu; no casualties have been reported. Shabaab fighters have advanced on the pirate stronghold of Harardhere. A senior Shabaab leader was wounded in an explosion in Dinsoor.




Shabaab is advancing on the pirate coastal stronghold of Harardhere. Clerics from Ahlu Sunna Waljama™a criticized the military for shelling in Mogadishu that killed 10 people. Shabaab executed a 'murderer' and mutilated another in Mogadishu.




Shabaab has taken control of the towns of Masagaway and Galad. Two Somali soldiers were killed in an IED attack in Afgoi. Fighting between Shabaab and Somali forces continued in Mogadishu; one civilian was killed. The Spanish navy detained eight Somali pirates.




Shabaab claimed it took control of the town of Eldere. Ethiopian troops in Elberde freed 15 Muslim clerics suspected of being allied with Shabaab. The US brought 11 Somalis to America to try them for piracy and other crimes after they attacked US warships.




Ethiopian forces ejected Shabaab from the district of Elberde after the terror group took control just two days ago; a curfew has been imposed. Puntland security forces detained five suspects involved in an attempt to assassinate President Sharif. Pirates threatened to blow up a South Korean oil tanker. Five pirates were captured after attacking a French warship.




Five Somalis were beheaded in Mogadishu. Both Shabaab and Ahlu Sunna Waljama claimed victory in the town of Godon. Shabaab also said it took control of the district of Elberde. Pirates hijacked three Thai ships with 77 crew members.




Twenty-three people were killed in clashes between the military and Islamist groups in Mogadishu over the past two days. Two soldiers and a civilian were killed in fighting between government forces in the capital. Hizbul Islam has imposed a tax on the khat trade. Turkish naval forces detained 13 pirates.




Eleven people were killed in fighting in Mogadishu; a man was also beheaded. Insurgents warned private radio stations to stop playing music in Mogadishu. Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama™a fighters have taken control of a district in the Middle Shabelle region from Shabaab. President Barack Obama announced an executive order blocking Shabaab's assets in the US.




Nine people were killed in mortar and IED attacks in Mogadishu. Somalia's top military commander said his forces are ready to launch the long-awaited offensive to oust Shabaab from the capital. Somali pirates hijacked a cargo ship near Seychelles.




A US warship captured six pirates after a firefight and destroyed their skiff off the Horn of Africa. A Turkish cargo vessel seized three days ago has been abandoned by pirates; all 25 crewmen are unharmed.




Shabaab has taken the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) off the air in regions under its control and has looted the transmission equipment. Last week Hizbul Islam ordered Mogadishu-based radio stations to stop broadcasting music within 10 days.




Shabaab fighters raided a UN base in southern Somalia. For the second time in a week, Hizbul Islam invited Osama bin Laden to Somalia: "Seeing Osama in Somalia will be a triumph for the Muslims in Somalia, and in fact we shall be the happiest people on the planet," said Sheikh Mohammed Wehliye Odowa. Three people were killed in mortar attacks in Mogadishu.




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.




A top Hizbul Islam leader welcomed Osama bin Laden and urged foreign jihadists to fight in Somalia. More than 20 people were killed in fighting in Mogadishu. Shabaab said it would capture Mogadishu.