The al- Shabaab increase their attacks on government officials in retaliation for permitting foreign troops in Somalia.
Despite relations having improved recently, a recent skirmish from Galmudug on Puntland territory in Somalia may sour further developments…
At a time when the al-Shabaab have strengthened their hold on Mogadishu, Somali MP Mahdi ‘Ali Othman suggests the use of plain-clothed policemen and security officials.
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.
In the latest chapter of the al-Shabaab offensive which has been ongoing since the New Year, the militant Islamist group launches a large scale attack on the Presidential Palace in Mogadishu. Diplomats from other Uganda and Djibouti are reported to have died in the attack.
In a strange turn of events the Chief of Staff for the Somali Armed Forces announces the demobilization of soldiers fighting for the Federal Somali Government. The reason is not explained, but surely this will only fuel further instability and broaden the labour-pool for insurgent groups.
Kenyan police arrest three individuals from the al-Shabaab and confiscate their armaments.
Kenyan troops withdraw from the port city of Kismayu in southern Somalia, amongst mass demonstrations demanding that they remain.
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 Somali militant group, al-Shabaab, has instituted an internet ban in the areas under their control. Meanwhile the Somali Federal Government is attempting to persuade communications companies to not adhere to the rebel’s demands.