Al Shabaab has declared gold and silver teeth as un-Islamic, and are removing such teeth with pliers. It's unknown if the precious metals are being melted down and sold. Apparently only one al Shabaab faction is doing this tooth extraction, and al Shabaab media spokesmen refuse to comment on the practice. Not all al Shabaab factions agree on tactics, or theology, and the overall leadership spends a lot of time keeping the factions from fighting each other.
August 11, 2009: Four foreign aid workers, and two Kenyan pilots, were released after being held captive since last November. It is assumed that ransom was paid. Some 350 kilometers north of Mogadishu, government forces drove al Shabaab from the town of El Dher.
August 8, 2009: In the central Somalia port town of Haradheere (300 kilometers north of Mogadishu), rival clans fought over land and other disputes, causing over fifty casualties during several days of fighting. The town is a pirate base. ..more..http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/somalia/articles/20090812.aspx