The previous blog post lays out the initial reports that allege al-Shabaab’s spiritual leader Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys had defected to the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) in Afgoye.
New reports make this claim more unlikely.
Al-Shabaab’s media rep on Twitter (which similarly denied the false rumors concerning the death of American terrorist Abu Mansur al-Amriki, aka Omar Hammami) denied that Aweys has joined the TFG in a recent tweet:
In these articles Aweys indicated that he has a “different plan” from al-Shabaab (which may explain why he was so upset about the group’s confiscation of his weapons at Sinka Dheere), but this plan does not include negotiating with the TFG.
Updated information will be posted as it is available.