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Iranian involvement in missile attacks on the USS Mason

Iran almost certainly played a role in the missile attacks against the USS Mason near the Bab al Mandab Strait on October 9 and October 12. Iran likely supplied the missiles and, at the very least, affiliated operatives provided technical expertise and modifications in support of those who launched the attack.

Escalation in the Red Sea: Yemen’s Civil War, Iran, and Saudi Arabia

The deliberate targeting of U.S. Navy vessels from al Houthi-Saleh–controlled territory is a significant inflection in the Red Sea. It does not make sense when seen in the context of only one the conflicts—the Yemeni civil war, the Iranian-Saudi conflict, and Iran’s more aggressive posturing in the region.

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Iran News Round Up

  • President Hassan Rouhani called the American presidential elections a choice between “bad and worse.”

Gulf of Aden Security Review

  • Yemen: Hostilities intensify after humanitarian ceasefire expires in Yemen; UN Special Envoy reportedly presents peace agreement that includes replacement of president and vice president; reported U.S. airstrikes target AQAP militants in Ma’rib governorate; WHO declares state of emergency in Yemen; suspected AQAP militants attack security forces in Lahij governorate. Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab militants retake Halgan village, Hiraan region following Ethiopian AMISOM withdrawal; al Shabaab militants attempt SVBIED attack on security convoy in Bondhere district, Mogadishu; clashes between Puntland and Galmudug security forces resume in Galkayo, Mudug region; al Shabaab militants attack SNA barracks in K50 area, Lower Shabelle region; al Shabaab militants attack Somali police station in Afmadow, Lower Jubba region.