Horn of Africa: Somali military urged to advance on remaining al Shabaab towns in Gedo region; five known al Shabaab terrorists may have entered Uganda; Omar Hammami releases document; al Shabaab spreads threatening flyers in Marka, Lower Shabelle; Somali police arrest journalist and rape victim in Mogadishu; Somali president meets with World Bank delegation at Villa Somalia, Mogadishu; Somali foreign minister announces new embassies to open in Mogadishu; Somali terrorist will claim entrapment during his trial on Portland, Oregon
Horn of Africa Security Brief
• The Somali military urged its commanders in the Gedo region to take all remaining al Shabaab strongholds. Local residents report Somali troop movement around the towns of Bardhere and Burdhubo, Gedo region.
• Ugandan police alerted its citizens that five known al Shabaab terrorists have reportedly entered Uganda in an attempt to carry out terrorist attacks. The Ugandan police have put up flyers with pictures of the men along with their names, which are: Ali Salah Adan, Naim A. Amur, Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, Abderraouf Jdey, and Mohamed Nor Ali.
• Omar Hammami describes how the conflict between him and al Shabaab began in the second document by him released in a weekon January 7. He said al Shabaab leaders became paranoid that he would try to start a competing group and slowly began stripping Hammami of his powers. That is when Hammami made his first YouTube video in March 2012 that made the feud public.
• Al Shabaab spread threatening flyers around Marka, Lower Shabelle region on January 11. The papers say that any person who conducts business in Marka will be hurt.
• Somali police arrested a journalist in Mogadishu on January 10 for interviewing a woman who was raped by five Somali National Army (SNA) fighters. The woman who was sexually assaulted, as well as the woman who introduced the victim to the reporter, haves also been taken into custody.
• Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud met with a delegation from the World Bank at Villa Somalia on January 10. President Mohamud said he is excited to be engaging in conversation with the international organization as he believes they can help rebuild Somalia.
• Somali Foreign Minister Fowzia Yusuf Haji Aden announced on January 10 that more foreign embassies will soon be opened in Mogadishu. She said countries such as the United Kingdom, Italy and China will soon have a presence in the Somali capital.