- The leader of Somali militant Islamist group Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen, Ahmad Godane, presided over a major internal purge in mid-2013.
- In the process, Godane scattered a disparate but unified body of internal opposition, tightening his central command of the group.
- Al-Shabaab has seemingly emerged more unified and intensified its armed campaign, both domestically and regionally.
Internal ructions during 2012 and early-to-mid 2013 led to a major shift in the composition of the core leadership of Somali militant Islamist group Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen. Internal dissent and opposition to the group's emir, Ahmad Abdi Aw Muhammad Godane (alias Sheikh Mukhtar Abu Zubayr), culminated in a clash between Godane loyalists and Al-Shabaab forces led by deputy emir Ibrahim Haji Jamaa al-Afghani and senior commander Mukhtar Robow Ali (alias Abu Mansur) in Shabeellaha Hoose region in June 2013.