Ethiopia announces it’s continued support to the Federal Government of Somalia in it’s war against the Al-Shabaab. Ethiopia is active in the peacekeeping activities of the African Union and currently has troops in C.A.R., Egypt, South Sudan and Somalia.
Kenyan troops withdraw from the port city of Kismayu in southern Somalia, amongst mass demonstrations demanding that they remain.
Clashes erupt between different factions of the Somali army although the article remains unclear. Clashes most certainly occurred in the Lower Shabelle on the 28th Jan. 2014. The government has yet to release a statement.
Spokesperson for the Al-Shabaab Militia, ‘Ali Tayara, responds to Ethiopia’s official announcement regarding their involvement in the African Union’s AMISOM. Ethiopia’s constant entanglement in the 20-year long Somali crisis has led ‘Ali Tayara to conclude that there will be no real change in the situation.
The U.S. officially announces the presence of U.S. troops in Somalia, although a leaked cable confirmed their presence in December 2013. They aim to provide training and tactical support to AMISOM and Somali troops in order to increase stability and regional security.
The al-Shabaab have strengthened their position in Somalia following the start of the new year and are attacking established military bases belonging to Somali and AMISOM forces on a nightly basis.