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Avoiding al Qaeda's Syria Trap: Jabhat al Nusra's Rebranding

The leader of al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, Jabhat al Nusra, announced the end of his group’s operations and the creation of a new entity named Jabhat Fatah al Sham.

Yemen Warning: Sana'a Offensive

Yemeni military forces loyal to President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi will likely launch an offensive to seize control of the al Houthi-Saleh—controlled capital, Sana’a, in the coming weeks.

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Iran News Round Up

  • Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghassemi downplayed Jabhat al Nusra’s “split” from al Qaeda, claiming that “the terrorist nature of this group has not changed.”

Gulf of Aden Security Review

  • Yemen: Hadi delegation prepares to leave Kuwait without a political resolution; UN Special Envoy for Yemen and Islamist al Islah party denounce al Houthi-GPC power-sharing agreement; Hadramawt commander offers pardon to AQAP and ISIS militants; Hadi government forces clash with al Houthi-Saleh fighters northeast of Sana’a; al Houthi-Saleh forces claim to kill four Saudi soldiers in Asir province, Saudi Arabia. Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab militants clash with Ethiopian AMISOM and SNA forces near Hudur, Bakool region; Ahlu Sunna wa al Jama’a (ASWJ) militias drive al Shabaab forces from Guriel, Galgaduud region; Puntland cabinet members vow to retake land from Somaliland.