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Shabaab Claims Killing 29, Wounding 35 in Suicide Bombing at Police Academy in Mogadishu

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda's (AQ) branch in Somalia, claimed credit for the suicide bombing at a police academy in Hamar-Jajab district in the capital, and reported the killing of 29 policemen and wounding of 35 others.

Thursday, 14 December 2017
'Amaq Reports Two IS Attacks in Somalia in One Day

The Islamic State's (IS) 'Amaq News Agency reported two attacks by group fighters in Somalia in one day, with one in Puntland and the other in Lower Shabelle.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017
Shabaab Video Shows Suicide Bombing and Raid on SNA Base in Beled Hawa, Freeing Prisoners

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda's (AQ) branch in Somalia, released a video focusing on the suicide bombing and raid on a Somali National Army (SNA) base in Beled Hawa, and the subsequent freeing of inmates from the city's central prison.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017
Shabaab Claims 3 Attacks in Puntland in One Week, Multiple Strikes on SNA Forces

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda's (AQ) branch in Somalia, claimed three attacks in and around Bosaso in Puntland region in one-week, and multiple strikes on Somali National Army (SNA) forces elsewhere in the country.

The group's Shahada News Agency reported 14 attacks in messages published on December 4-11, 2017, and in another post, stated that three Somali soldiers surrendered to the Shabaab in Galguduud. According to the reports, in Puntland, fighters killed a police officer in Bosaso on December 4, stormed a military base in Af Urur on December 8, and attacked another military base in Galgala on December 11, using heavy weapons. Among other claimed operations, Shahada informed that the Shabaab affixed a sticky bomb to the vehicle of a Somali military officer in Galkayo, in Mudug region, on December 6, and stormed a base of kenyan forces in Afmadow.

Monday, 11 December 2017
Shabaab Promotes Jihad in Response to U.S. Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's Capital

The General Command of al-Qaeda's (AQ) branch in Somalia, the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, promoted jihad and urged Muslims to support the cause of al-Aqsa and Jerusalem with "souls and money," in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump recognizing the holy city as Israel's capital.

Saturday, 09 December 2017
Shabaab Claims Killing Somali Military Official in Ambush, Reports Surrender of Two SNA Officers

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda's (AQ) branch in Somalia, claimed killing a Somali military official and two of his guards in an ambush in Middle Shabelle region, and reported that two Somali army officers surrendered in Middle Juba.

Sunday, 03 December 2017
Shabaab Claims Attack on Puntland Presidential Guards, Strikes on Kenyan and Somali Forces

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda's (AQ) branch in Somalia, claimed credit for an attack on Puntland presidential guards in Bosaso, and strikes on Kenyan and Somali forces in Hiran, Lower Juba, and Lower Shabelle regions.

Thursday, 30 November 2017
Shabaab Claims Ambushing Kenyan Police in Lamu County (Kenya), Ugandan Police in Lower Shabelle (Somalia)

The Somalia-based al-Qaeda (AQ) branch, the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, claimed ambushing Ugandan soldiers within the AMISOM mission in the country, and also attacking Kenyan police in Kenya's Lamu County.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017
Shabaab Military Spokesman Denies 100+ Fighters Killed in U.S. Airstrike on Training Camp

The military spokesman for the al-Qaeda (AQ)-linked Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement denied a claim by U.S. AFRICOM that an airstrike on a camp northwest of Mogadishu killed over 100 fighters.

The group's Shahada News Agency published a message on November 21, 2017, stating that the spokesman, Abdul Aziz Abu Musab, rejected the claim, and did not add any remark. In addition to that message, Shahada reported four attacks, one targeting Ethiopian Liyuu (Special) Police in Beledweyne, in Somalia's Hiran region, close to the Somalia-Ethiopia border, and two hitting AMISOM forces, and a fourth striking Somali soldiers.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017
Shabaab Claims Attack on Kenyan Police in Lamu County, Multiple Strikes on SNA in Mogadishu

The Somalia-based al-Qaeda (AQ) branch, the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, claimed an attack on police in Kenya's Lamu County, and took credit for multiple strikes on Somali National Army (SNA) forces in Mogadishu.

Monday, 20 November 2017
Shabaab Claims Attacks on AMISOM Base, SNA Barracks During Visit of Somali PM to Barawe

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda's (AQ) branch in Somalia, claimed attacks on an AMISOM base and SNA barracks in and around Barawe during the visit by Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre to the city.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017
Shabaab Photographs Farmers Allegedly Killed in U.S. Drone Strike, Claims Repulsing Attack Involving American Forces

Al-Qaeda's (AQ) Somalia-based branch, the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, published photos showing three farmers allegedly killed in a U.S. drone strike, and claimed repulsing an attack involving American forces.

Monday, 13 November 2017
Shabaab Releases Video on September 2, 2017, Raid on SNA Base in Bulu Gadud

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement released a video on the September 2, 2017, raid on a Somali National Army (SNA) base in Bulu Gadud, a town located near Kismayo in southern Somalia, were 26 soldiers were allegedly killed.

Monday, 13 November 2017
Shabaab Claims Killing, Wounding Over 33 Somali Soldiers in Southern Somalia, Strike on Kenyan Base

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, claimed inflicting casualties among more than 33 soldiers from the Somali National Army (SNA) in two attacks in the south of the country, and storming a Kenyan military base in the southwest.

Saturday, 11 November 2017
Shabaab Claims Seizing Control of Strategic Town Following Withdrawal of U.S. and Somali Forces

The Somalia-based branch of al-Qaeda (AQ), the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, claimed seizing control of Basra, a town 40km north of Mogadishu, following the withdrawal from it by U.S. forces and Somali National Army (SNA) soldiers.

Friday, 10 November 2017
Shabaab Claims 1st Attack in Kenya in 2 Months, Executes 4 Spies for Ethiopian and Somali Intelligence in Bu'ale

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda's (AQ) branch in Somalia, claimed its first attack in Kenya in two months, and among its attacks and other actions in its homebase, it executed four spies for the Ethiopian and Somali intelligence in Bu'ale, in Middle Juba region.

Monday, 06 November 2017
Shabaab Claims Attacks on SNA and Ugandan Forces on Roads from Baidoa, Shelling SNA Base Near Kismayo

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda's (AQ) branch in Somalia, claimed attacks on Somali National Army (SNA) and Ugandan forces on two roads from Baidoa, and shelling an SNA base near Kismayo on two consecutive days.

Wednesday, 01 November 2017
Shabaab Reports 70 Killed, Dozens Wounded in 4-Man Suicide Raid at Nasa-Hablod Two Hotel in Somali Capital

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda's (AQ) branch in Somalia, claimed killing 70 people among former Somali MPs, military officers, and a foreign official, and wounding dozens, in a four-man suicide raid in the capital, Mogadishu.

Sunday, 29 October 2017
Shabaab Claims Killing 30, Wounding Dozens as Initial Outcome of Suicide Raid at Nasa-Hablod Two Hotel in Mogadishu

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda's (AQ) branch, Somalia, claimed killing 30 government officials, intelligence and security agents, and soldiers, and wounding dozens more in a suicide raid at the Nasa-Hablod Hotel in the capital, Mogadishu.

Saturday, 28 October 2017
Shabaab Media Unit Details Case Against Woman Stoned for Adultery, Boasts of Low Crime Rate in Shabaab Controlled Areas

A media unit of the Somalia-based branch of al-Qaeda (AQ), the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, provided details of a case against a woman who took two husbands and was stoned to death, and boasted that its Shariah punishments have lowered the crime rate in areas under Shabaab control.

Thursday, 26 October 2017
Shabaab Claims Assassinating Somali Finance Ministry Official in Mogadishu, Over 8 AMISOM Forces Outside Capital

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda's (AQ) branch in Somalia, claimed the assassination of a Finance Ministry official in Mogadishu, as well as a bombing that struck AMISOM forces outside the capital, reportedly killing over eight.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017
'Amaq Reports 10 Somali Police Killed, Wounded in IS Attack in Bosaso

The Islamic State's (IS) 'Amaq News Agency reported that the group bombed a police station in Bosaso, a city in Puntland, Somalia.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017
Shabaab Claims 5 Attacks on Ugandan Forces in Somalia within 6 Days

The Somalia-based branch of al-Qaeda (AQ), the Shabaab a-Mujahideen Movement, claimed five attacks on Ugandan forces within the AMISOM missions within six days, all in Lower Shabelle region.

Monday, 23 October 2017
Shabaab Claims Killing, Wounding at Least 31 Somali Soldiers in 3 Days

The Somali branch of al-Qaeda (AQ), the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, claimed killing and wounding at least 31 Somali soldiers in three days, attacking them in Mogadishu and elsewhere in the country.

Tuesday, 03 October 2017
Shabaab Reports Capturing Barire Following Suicide Raid, Surrender of SNA Soldiers in Middle Juba

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, reported capturing the town of Barire in Lower Shabelle following two suicide operations and “broad offensive” on government bases in the area, as well as operations in Mogadishu, Lower Shabelle, and Gedo, and the surrender of Somali soldiers in Middle Juba.

Friday, 29 September 2017
Shabaab Claims Destroying U.S. Vehicle Near Kismayo, Attacks in Capital and Puntland

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, claimed destroying a vehicle belonging to American forces near Kismayo and killing and wounding an unspecified number of soldiers in addition to carrying out attacks in the capital, Mogadishu, and Puntland.

Sunday, 24 September 2017
Shabaab Claims Seizing Control Over Border Town, Multiple Attacks in Capital in 6-Day Period

Al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, claimed multiple attacks in the capital, Mogadishu, in a six-day period, as well as seizing control over a town on the Somalia-Kenya border without engaging in battle.

Thursday, 21 September 2017
Shabaab Releases Video of Three Kenyan Spies, One Relays that Bounties on Fighters are Mere Propaganda

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, released a video featuring confessions from three Kenyan spies within the group, one of whom relayed from his English-accented handler that bounties are simply for “propaganda purposes”.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017
Shabaab Releases Swahili Video Chant Remembering Usama bin Laden

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, released a video of fighters performing a Swahili chant remembering Usama bin Laden.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017
Al-Qaeda Leader Zawahiri Rallies Fighters in AQ Branches, Urges North African Branch “Teach the French a Lesson”

Al-Qaeda (AQ) leader Ayman al-Zawahiri rallied fighters in the group’s branches in the Indian Subcontinent, North Africa, Somalia, and Yemen, and to those in the Mali area, called to “teach the French a lesson”.

Saturday, 16 September 2017
Shabaab Reports Surrender of Soldier, Claims Multiple Attacks on AMISOM and Kenyan Forces

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, reported the surrender to its “administration” of a soldier who worked with Ethiopian forces since 2011, and claimed multiple attacks on Kenyan soldiers and troops within the AMISOM mission.

The group’s Shahada News Agency posted reports on the attacks and surrender on its social media accounts on September 12-15, 2017. It stated on September 14 that Abdullah Jarir, an officer in the Somali National Army (SNA), surrendered in the city of Galhareeri in Galduduud, and provided his photo. In other messages, it reported Shabaab fighters storming Djiboutian and Burundian bases in Hiran and Middle Shabelle respectively, and ambushing Ugandan forces in Lower Juba, and also bombing a Kenyan military vehicle near the Somalia-Kenya border.

Friday, 15 September 2017
Shabaab Claims Car Bombing in Mogadishu, Attacking Ethiopian Special Police in Border Town

After claiming to have killed nearly 30 Somali soldiers in Beled Hawa, a town on the border with Kenya, the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement took credit for an attack on police officers on the Somalia-Ethiopia border, in addition to detonating a car bomb in the capital, Mogadishu.

Monday, 11 September 2017
Shabaab Publishes Photos of War Spoils Captured from Raid on SNA Base in Bulo Gudud

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, released photos of war spoils it captured from its September 3, 2017, raid on a Somali National Army (SNA) base in Bulo Gudud.

Saturday, 09 September 2017
9th Issue of Pro-Shabaab “Gaidi Mtaani” Magazine Promotes Jihad Over Democracy

The publishers of “Gaidi Mtaani” (Terrorism Street), a pro-Shabaab magazine, released the ninth issue, criticizing the Kenyan elections and promoting jihad over democracy.

Tuesday, 05 September 2017
Shabaab Claims Assassination Attempt on Somali Senator in Mogadishu, Killing 3 Kenyan Christians in Dhobley

Al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, claimed credit for an assassination attempt on a Somali senator in Mogadishu, and killing three Kenyan Christians in Dhobley.

The group’s Shahada News Agency published Arabic reports on the incidents on its social media accounts on September 5, 2017, as well as a report on another attack, one day prior. In one message, Shahada stated that Shabaab fighters killed three Kenyan Christians in Dhobley, and in another, killed two Somali National Army (SNA) soldiers and wounding six others in an attack on a convoy of Somali Senator Hussein Ali Haji in Mogadishu’s Hodan district. It also reported on strikes on Kenyan forces in Hozingow, and SNA soldiers in ‘Aylasha.

Tuesday, 05 September 2017
Shabaab Video Shows Clashes in Somalia and Kenya, Identifies “Martyrs”

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) affiliate in Somalia, released a video showing footage of clashes with Somali, Kenyan, and Ugandan forces throughout Somalia and Kenya.

Sunday, 03 September 2017
Shabaab Claims Killing 35 Puntland Soldiers in Af Urur, Celebrates Eid al-Adha in Multiple Areas in its Control

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, claimed killing 35 Puntland soldiers in a series of explosion in Af Urur, and through a media unit, published photos of Eid al-Adha celebrations in multiple areas under its control.

Saturday, 02 September 2017
Shabaab Leader Touts Group's Persistence amid Decade of "Crusader" Campaigns in Eid al-Adha Speech

In an Eid al-Adha speech, Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement leader Abu Ubaidah Ahmed Umar touted the group’s persistence amid “Crusader” military campaigns, and encouraged steadfastness by the group’s members.

Friday, 01 September 2017
Shabaab Media Units Reports Attack in Kenya’s Mandera County, Multiple Strikes in Mogadishu

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, claimed multiple attacks against AMISOM and Somali forces in the capital, Mogadishu, and a strike in Kenya’s Mandera County on Kenyan soldiers.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017
Shabaab Claims Attack on U.S.-AMISOM Base in Lower Shabelle, Bombings in Bay and Mogadishu

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, claimed an attack on a U.S.-AMISOM base in Lower Shabelle region, and three bombings in Bay region and the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017
Pro-AQ Group Specialized in French Translations Established

A pro- al-Qaeda (AQ) media group specialized in French translations of media from AQ and its branches in Mali, North Africa, Somalia, and Yemen announced its establishment.

Monday, 21 August 2017
Shabaab Confirms Death of Banaadir “Governor” Ali Jabal in U.S. Airstrike

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, confirmed the death of its “governor” for Banaadir, Ali Muhammad Hussein (AKA Ali Jabal), in a U.S. airstrike.

Monday, 21 August 2017
Shabaab Claims Killing 5 Christians in Kenya, Three Attacks in Vicinity of Mahaday in Three Days

The Somalia-based al-Qaeda branch, the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, claimed killing five Christians in an attack in a village in Kenya’s Lamu County, in addition to other operations, three of which were carried out in the vicinity of Mahaday in Middle Shabelle within the span of three days.

Friday, 18 August 2017
Shabaab Deserter Challenges Pro-AQ Group’s Allegations about Former Shabaab Commander Mukhtar Robow

Responding to a statement from a pro- al-Qaeda (AQ) media group accusing Mukhtar Robow Abu Mansour, a former Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement commander, of colluding with the enemy prior to surrendering, a Shabaab deserter challenged its account of events and equated the AQ group to the Islamic State (IS) in terms of extremism.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017
Pro-AQ English Group Gives “Exclusive Details” on Former Shabaab Commander Surrendering to Somali Government

Al-Hijrah Media, a pro- al-Qaeda (AQ) English-language group, presented what it described as “exclusive details” on former Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement commander Mukhtar Robow Abu Mansour surrendering to the Somali government.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017
Shabaab Deserter Comments on Group Commander Mukhtar Robow Surrendering to Somali Government

Abdurrahman bin Abdillah, an individual who deserted the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement due to what he described as its criminality and oppression, commented on Shabaab commander Mukhtar Robow Abu Mansur surrendering to the Somali government.

Monday, 14 August 2017
Shabaab Claims Assassinating Ethiopian Intel Officer Near Border with Ethiopia, Repelling Attack Involving U.S. Forces in Kismayo

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, claimed killing an Ethiopian intelligence officer near the country’s border with Ethiopia, and repelling an attack involving U.S. forces in Kismayo.

Monday, 14 August 2017
Shabaab Claims Attacks on Prison in Mogadishu, AMISOM Bases in Hiran and Middle Shabelle

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, claimed an explosion inside the central prison in Mogadishu, and attacks on AMISOM bases in Hiran and Middle Shabelle regions.

Friday, 11 August 2017
Shabaab Claims Targeting Ethiopian Special Police in Border Town, Attacks in Lower Juba, Puntland, Lower Shabelle, and Kenya

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, claimed an attack on Ethiopian Liyuu (Special) Police near the town of Farlibah, in Hiran, in addition to attacks in Lamu County, Kenya and Somalia’s Lower Juba, Puntland, and Lower Shabelle regions.

Thursday, 10 August 2017
Shabaab Deserter Remarks on Group’s Attack on Former Deputy Leader Mukhtar Robow and His Loyalists

Abdurrahman bin Abdillah, an individual who deserted the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement due to what he described as its criminality and oppression, remarked on the group’s attack on former deputy leader Mukhtar Robow Abu Mansur and his loyalists.

Wednesday, 09 August 2017
Shabaab Claims “Special Operation” on Kenyan Electoral Commission at Kenya-Somalia Border

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, claimed seizing four vehicles belonging to the Kenyan electoral commission in what it described as a “special operation” at the Kenya-Somalia border.

Tuesday, 08 August 2017
Canadian Shabaab Fighter Threatens Kenyan Civilians in Posthumous Video

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, released a posthumous video of Canadian fighter Mahad Ali Dhore (AKA Farhan) threatening Kenya and calling his counterparts in the country to kill both soldiers and civilians.

Sunday, 06 August 2017
Shabaab Executes Kenyan POW in Video Intended to Influence Kenyan General Election

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, released a video showing the final message of Kenyan POW Leonard Maingi Kiiyo, and his execution, where his speech and that of the fighter who killed him are meant to influence the upcoming Kenyan general election.

Saturday, 05 August 2017
Days Before Kenyan Election, Shabaab Calls on Kenyan Muslims to Migrate, Forgo Voting

Four days ahead of the Kenyan general election, the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement released a video addressing Kenyan Muslims, calling on them to forgo voting, avoid polling stations entirely, and migrate to Somalia to join the group.

Friday, 04 August 2017
Shabaab Recaptures “Strategic City” in Southern Somalia Following Ugandan Withdrawal

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, announced that it retook control over the “strategic city” of Lego in southern Somalia following the withdrawal from it by Ugandan forces.

Friday, 04 August 2017
Shabaab Claims Raid on Kenyan Police Station in Mandera, Seizing Temporary Control Over Town

The Somalia-based al-Qaeda (AQ) branch, the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, claimed killing and wounding a “number” of Kenyan police in a raid on their station in the town of Lafi, in Kenya’s Mandera County, and then seizing temporary control over the area.

Thursday, 03 August 2017
Shabaab Claims Assassination Attempt on Somali Government Official, Bombing SNA Convoy in Capital

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, claimed credit for two attacks in Mogadishu on July 31, 2017, one an assassination attempt on a government official, and the other a bombing on a Somali National Army (SNA) convoy.

Tuesday, 01 August 2017
Shabaab Interviews Kenyan Religion Official Regarding General Elections

The Somalia-based al-Qaeda branch, the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, released a two-part video with its Kenyan religious official Ahmad Iman Ali regarding the general elections and the democratic practice in general.

Tuesday, 01 August 2017
Shabaab Raises Death Toll Among Ugandan Forces to 51 in Bulu Marir Ambushes

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, raised the death toll among Ugandan forces from 39 to 51 in the ambushes it mounted in Bulu Marir in Lower Shabelle region.

Monday, 31 July 2017
Shabaab Claims Killing Over 39 Ugandan Soldiers in Ambushes in Lower Shabelle

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, claimed killing over 39 Ugandan soldiers in a series of ambushes in the town of Bulu Marir in Lower Shabelle.

Sunday, 30 July 2017
Kenyan Shabaab Official Threatens Security Forces, Proponents of Democracy in Video Lecture

Ahmad Iman Ali, a Kenyan religious official in the Somalia-based al-Qaeda branch, the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, threatened Muslims in the ranks of enemy security forces and proponents of democracy in a video lecture.

Saturday, 29 July 2017
Pro-AQ Group Publishes English Bulletins Promoting Shabaab, Inciting Against West

In English bulletins, a pro- al-Qaeda (AQ) group promoted the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement and incited against the West.

Thursday, 27 July 2017
Shabaab Claims Bombing Convoy with U.S. Forces, Reports Kenya Enhancing Security in Anticipation of Attacks During Upcoming Election

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, claimed bombing a military convoy in which American forces were present, and reported that Kenyan authorities announced enhanced security in anticipation of its attacks during the general election on August 8, 2017.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017
Shabaab Claims Killing Two Somali Security Elements within Hours in Mogadishu, Attacks on AMISOM Forces in Gedo and Hiran

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, claimed killing two Somali security elements hours apart from each other in Mogadishu, and five attacks on AMISOM forces in Gedo and Hiran regions.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017
Shabaab Claims Attack on Ethiopian Special Police in Border Town, Shelling Joint American-Ethiopian-Kenyan Base

The Somalia-based al-Qaeda branch, the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, claimed an attack on a base of Ethiopian Liyuu (Special) Police in the town of Farlibah, located in Hiran on the border between Somalia and Ethiopia, and shelling a joint base in Lower Juba housing American, Ethiopian, and Kenyan forces.

Friday, 21 July 2017
Shabaab Media Unit Reports SNA Officer and 3 Soldiers Surrendering in Jilib, Offer of Protection to SNA Deserters

A media unit for the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, reported on a Somali National Army (SNA) officer and three soldiers surrendering to the group in the city of Jilib in Middle Juba, and the Shabaab offering protection to other deserters for the “price” of their weapon.

Thursday, 20 July 2017
Shabaab Deserter Discusses Recent Release on Former Leader’s Bio, Says Pledge to AQ was Out of “Convenience”

Abdurrahman bin Abdillah, an individual who deserted the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement due to what he described as its criminality and oppression, discussed the group’s recent video release on the jihadi biography of its former leader, Mukhtar Abu al-Zubayr, disputing what it presented, and remarked that his pledge to al-Qaeda (AQ) was borne out of “convenience”.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017
Shabaab Claims Attack on Djiboutian Base in Hiran, Bombing SNA Vehicle in Lower Juba

The Somalia-based al-Qaeda branch, the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, claimed attacking a base of Djiboutian forces within the AMISOM mission in Hiran region, and bombing a Somali National Army (SNA) vehicle in Lower Juba.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017
Second Tanzanian Fighter Promotes Immigration and Jihad to East and Southeast African Muslims in Shabaab Video

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, released a posthumous video of a second Tanzanian fighter, who promoted immigration and jihad to Muslims in East and Southeast Africa.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017
Shabaab Claims Attack on Joint American-Ethiopian-Kenyan Base Near Kismayo, Reports U.S. Drone Killing 5 Civilians

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, claimed an attack on a joint base of American, Ethiopian, and Kenyan forces near Kismayo, and reported the killing of five civilians in a U.S. drone strike in the region.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017
Shabaab Claims Bombing in Garissa, Attacks on American, AMISOM, and SNA Forces in Somalia

Al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, claimed attacks on American, AMISOM, and Somali National Army (SNA) forces in the country, as well as bombing a Kenyan military vehicle in Kenya’s Garissa County.

Monday, 17 July 2017
Tanzanian Fighter in Shabaab Video Calls for Muslims in Somalia-Neighboring Countries to Migrate

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement released a video featuring a Tanzanian fighter calling for Muslims in countries neighboring Somalia to migrate to its jihadi battlefronts.

Saturday, 15 July 2017
Shabaab Claims Second Mortar Strike on Kenyan Military Base in Mandera in Two Days

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement claimed a second mortar strike on a military base in Kenya’s Mandera County in two days.

Thursday, 13 July 2017
Ugandan Shabaab Fighter Promotes Jihad in Posthumous Video

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda's (AQ) branch in Somalia, released a posthumous video of a Ugandan fighter promoting jihad as a means to stop "disbelievers" from invading and besieging Muslim lands.

Thursday, 13 July 2017
Shabaab Claims Thwarting U.S. Special Forces Op in Lower Shabelle (Somalia), Bombing Kenyan Military Vehicle in Mandera (Kenya)

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement claimed that its fighters in Somalia thwarted a U.S. Special Forces operation in Lower Shabelle, and that those in Kenya bombed a military vehicle in Mandera.

Thursday, 13 July 2017
Shabaab Claims Attack on AMISOM, SNA Convoy in Mogadishu Suburbs with Explosive-Laden Vehicle

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, claimed an attack with an explosive-laden vehicle on AMISOM, Somali National Army (SNA), and “mercenary” forces in a suburb of Mogadishu.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017
Kenyan Shabaab Fighter Incites Muslims in East Africa to Fight Collectively in Posthumous Video

In the second episode of its latest video series inciting for jihad, the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement released a posthumous video of a Kenyan fighters calling on Muslims in East Africa to fight collectively against regional states as well as America, Britain, and France.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017
Shabaab Claims Mortar Attack on Kenyan Base in Mandera, Attacks Near Bosaso and Inside Mogadishu

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, claimed a mortar attack on Kenyan military base in Mandera County in Kenya, and also attacks on Somali forces inside Mogadishu and near Bosaso.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017
Shabaab Claims Assassinating Somali Finance Ministry Official, Storming Defense Ministry

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement claimed assassinating an official in the Somali Ministry of Finance in the capital, Mogadishu, and storming the Ministry of Defense days prior.

Sunday, 09 July 2017
Kampala Suicide Bomber Incites Muslims to Seek “Martyrdom” in Battlefield in First Episode of New Shabaab Video Series

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, launched a new video series, and in the first episode, featured a suicide bomber involved in the July 2010 attack in Kampala, Uganda, inciting Muslims to seek “martyrdom” in the battlefield.

Sunday, 09 July 2017
Shabaab Claims Killing Dozens of Kenyan Security Forces in Raid on Pandanguo in Kenya’s Lamu County

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement claimed killing dozens of Kenyan police and soldiers in a raid in Pandanguo in Kenya’s Lamu County.

Wednesday, 05 July 2017
Shabaab Claims Wounding Former Director of Somalia’s Ministry of Information with Bomb in Mogadishu

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, reported wounding the former Director of the Somalia’s Ministry of Information with an explosive device in the country’s capital, Mogadishu.

Tuesday, 04 July 2017
Shabaab Claims Mortar Attack on Presidential Palace in Somali Capital

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, claimed credit for a mortar attack on the Presidential Palace in the capital, Mogadishu.

Tuesday, 04 July 2017
Shabaab Boasts of Ambushing AMISOM Forces Twice Near Garbarhare within Hours

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, boasted that its fighters ambushed AMISOM forces twice in the same area within the span of hours.

Monday, 03 July 2017
Shabaab Claims Killing, Wounding “Dozens” of AMISOM and SNA Forces While Thwarting Offensive in Janale

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, claimed killing and wounding dozens of AMISOM and Somali National Army (SNA) forces while thwarting their offensive on the city of Janale in the south of the country.

Saturday, 01 July 2017
Shabaab Claims Two Attacks in Mogadishu with Explosive Devices, Operations in Lower Shabelle, Puntland

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, claimed two attacks in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu targeting African and Somali forces, respectively, in addition to operations in Lower Shabelle and Puntland.

Friday, 30 June 2017
Shabaab Claims Bombing “Alpha Group” Vehicle in Mogadishu, Killing 10 Kenyan Soldiers in Bardhere

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, claimed bombing a vehicle belonging to the Somali special forces “Alpha Group” in Mogadishu, and killing 10 Kenyan soldiers in an ambush near the city of Bardhere, among other attacks.

Thursday, 29 June 2017
Shabaab Claims Killing 14 Kenyan Soldiers in Ambush in Lamu County

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, claimed killing 14 Kenyan soldiers in an ambush in Kenya’s Lamu County.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017
Shabaab Claims Foiling Joint US-AMISOM-SNA Attack in Middle Shabelle

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement claimed foiling an attack in which American, AMISOM, and Somali National Army (SNA) allegedly participated near Mahaday in Middle Shabelle region.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017
Shabaab Publishes Photos of Toy Gun-Toting Children During Eid al-Fitr Festivities, Claims Attacks on SNA Forces

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, published photos of Eid al-Fitr celebrations it held in areas it controls in Galguduud and Middle Juba regions, showing gun-toting children among the people, and claimed attacks on Somali National Army forces.

Sunday, 25 June 2017
‘Amaq Reports IS Fighters Killing Two Somali Soldiers in Clashes in Puntland

In its first documented attack in Somalia since the May 23, 2017, suicide bombing in Puntland, the Islamic State (IS) claimed killing two soldiers in clashes in the same territory.

Sunday, 25 June 2017
Shabaab Claims Suicide Bombing at Waberi District Police Station in Mogadishu

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, claimed killing and wounding dozens in a suicide bombing at the Waberi district police station in the capital, Mogadishu.

Thursday, 22 June 2017
Shabaab Claims 20 Killed in Suicide Bombing at Wadajir District HQ

After earlier claiming credit for the suicide bombing outside the Wadajir district headquarters in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement reported that 30 people were killed and wounded, including government officials and security forces.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017
Shabaab Claims Suicide Bombing at Wadajir District HQ in Mogadishu

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, claimed credit for the suicide bombing outside the Wadajir district headquarters in the capital, Mogadishu.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017
Shabaab Claims Killing 10 Kenyan Troops in Separate Attacks, Striking AMISOM and SNA Forces in Seven Incidents

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, claimed killing 10 Kenyan troops in two separate attacks, one of them in Kenya, and striking AMISOM and Somali National Army (SNA) forces in seven incidents in a five-day period.

Monday, 19 June 2017
Shabaab Publishes Photos from Deadly Af Urur Base Raid in Puntland

Al-Kata’ib Foundation, the media wing of the al-Qaeda-affiliated Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, published a set of 32 photos from the June 8, 2017, raid on the Af Urur military base in the Puntland State of Somalia.

Friday, 16 June 2017
Shabaab Reports Ongoing Clashes Following Suicide Bombing, Raid at “Nightclub” in Mogadishu

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, reported ongoing clashes following a suicide bombing and raid at a “nightclub” in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017
Shabaab Says “Heavy Losses” Incurred by AMISOM and Somalia Troops in Attacks in Four Cities in Hiran

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement reported that it inflicted “heavy losses” among Djiboutian and Ethiopian forces operating within the AMISOM mission, and Somali National Army (SNA) troops, in attacks in four cities in Somalia’s Hiran region.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017
Shabaab Claims Six Attacks on AMISOM and Somali Forces in 3-Day Period, Reconciling Tribal Dispute

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, al-Qaeda’s (AQ) branch in Somalia, claimed six attacks on AMISOM and Somali forces within a 3-day period, and also announced its reconciling a tribal dispute between two parties.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017
Shabaab Spokesman Tells Kenyan Government to Withdraw, Public to Embrace Islam or Face Unrelenting War

In the second part of his graduation address to foreign fighters from East Africa, the spokesman for the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement directed a message to “disbelievers” in Kenya, declaring that fighters will not relent in their war unless the Kenyan government withdraws its troops from Somalia, and the Kenyan people embrace Islam.

Monday, 12 June 2017