Heavy fighting between Ethiopian forces and Shabaab fighters erupted in the Bay region of southern Somalia. Shabaab fighters ambushed Somali National Army soldiers at a checkpoint near Garbaharey in Gedo province, and additional clashes were reported at the KM4 junction in Mogadishu.
The Afghan Taliban published a “proclamation of victory” on their Voice of Jihad website as the murky progression of negotiations between the US and the Taliban continues to unfold.
Iraqi insurgents dressed as policemen attacked a government compound and a police station in Ramadi with four suicide bombers; seven police officers and at least six attackers died in the clashes. A car bomb targeting a police station in Baiji killed at least one person and injured 12 others.
Nigerian authorities arrested a Boko Haram operative, Alhaji Nuhu Babawo, known as “Intelligent.” The raid netted various arms, ammunition, and military and police uniforms. Authorities also arrested Kabir Sokoto, the lead suspect in the deadly Christmas Day bombings carried out by Boko Haram.
Kenyan authorities arrested 29 Ugandans, including two women, in Nairobi for allegedly seeking to join Shabaab in Somalia. The government said it wouldn’t attack Kismayo without the financial support of the international community.
Heavy fighting in Buuhoodle between Somaliland forces and SSC militiamen resulted in widespread destruction and forced civilians to flee for the Ethiopian border. The Shabaab stronghold at Jilib, north of Kismayo, was bombed by Kenyan aircraft, reportedly killing militants and civilians. The British Royal Navy captured 13 Somali pirates yesterday.
Fierce fighting between the Taliban and Afghan forces in Nimroz left four Taliban dead, including a commander. A roadside bomb killed two women in the Nad-e-Ali district of Helmand. Two Taliban groups in Sar-i-Pul and Baghlan provinces surrendered to the Afghan government.
A suicide bomber killed more than 50 Shia pilgrims and injured 91 others as they gathered for Arbain in Basra. An explosion targeting Shia pilgrims east of Mosul injured three civilians and two policemen. Prime Minister Maliki strongly criticized Turkish “interventions” in Iraqi affairs and warned that “Turkey itself would suffer if its actions sparked […]