Shabaab admitted Abu Talha al Sudani was killed during fighting last year in a videotape designed to pave the way for a merger with al Qaeda. Leaders in the Transitional Federal Government said the military would retake Kismayo from the Islamic Courts. Opposing groups in the Islamic Courts clashed in Jowhar. Sheikh Yusuf Indha’ade spoke to the media and denied an Islamic Courts role in piracy.
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