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2015 Yemen Crisis Situation Report

The Critical Threats Project has been tracking developments closely in Yemen as they unfold. Regular analysis of the crisis will be posted here.

In Yemen, No Good Options Are Left

The Sana'a showdown is a sideshow to the slow-motion collapse of the entire Yemeni state. Cui bono? Al Qaeda. Who loses? The United States of America.

Maps and Graphics

  • The al Houthi movement, an armed Zaydi Shi’a group that fought six wars with the Yemeni state between 2004 and 2010, expanded its influence in Yemen considerably in 2014.

  • Multiple crises throughout the world—in Iraq, Syria, Ukraine, and now Israel—have pulled attention from growing violence in East Africa. Al Qaeda’s group in Somalia, al Shabaab, now has an operational reach that covers all of the Horn of Africa.

Daily News Brief

Iran News Round Up

  • Commander of the IRGC says Lebanese Hezbollah's January 28 response to the Israeli airstrike in Syria which killed Hezbollah and IRGC members was as Iran’s own response; Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah dismisses claims that the nuclear negotiations limit LH’s response to the attack; IRGC Qods Force Commander purportedly met with Nasrallah 48 hours after the Israeli airstrike

Pakistan Security Brief

  • Indian, Pakistani troops accuse each other of unprovoked firing, three soldiers killed along international boundary; LeT leader challenges two-day physical remand orders; Al Qaeda leader praises “martyrs” in a twitter post; Pakistan military airstrikes kill 23 militants in North Waziristan; Militants kill three kidnapped policemen in Malakand, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa; Police arrest five TTP militants in Karachi; IED kills one soldier in Mohmand Agency; IED destroys gas pipeline in Balochistan; Three bullet-riddled bodies found in Turbat district, Balochistan; Lahore Bar Association, PTI, PPP to oppose constitutional amendments to establish military court; Interior Minister reviews counter-terrorism measures in NACTA meeting; Government to take action against welfare organizations funding terrorists; Another convicted militant executed in Peshawar; Prime Minister Sharif calls Afghan President, discusses bilateral relations, regional security; National Security Advisor meets Afghan Parliamentary delegation in Islamabad; Talks between PTI, government fail to resolve political crisis.

Gulf of Aden Security Review

  • Yemen: Southern Movement militants clash with military in Lahij; al Houthis clash with local tribes in Ma’rib; Ansar al Sharia attacks 135th Brigade in Hadramawt; Ansar al Sharia militants attack military site in Ma’rib. Horn of Africa: Suspected al Shabaab militants kill police informant in Kenya’s Coast Province; Somali police skirmish with youths in Woqooyi Galbeed region.