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ISIS’s Courses of Action - Out of Sirte

ISIS is laying the groundwork to abandon Sirte and will then pursue an alternate course of action to continue its campaign in North Africa without its Libyan stronghold.

Signaling Saudi Arabia: Iranian Support to Yemen's al Houthis

Iranian activities in Yemen are not about Yemen. They are, rather, part of the regional struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran that is now playing out on battlefields and in political and diplomatic arenas throughout the Middle East.

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Iran News Round Up

  • Parliamentary runoff elections were held today. The results are expected to be announced over the weekend.

Gulf of Aden Security Review

  • Yemen: U.S. and coalition airstrikes target AQAP in central and southern Yemen; peace talks resume after canceled session; Zinjibar residents protest AQAP; Shabwah tribes declare opposition to AQAP; suspected ISIS Wilayat Aden-Abyan militants assassinate director of Aden traffic police. Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab militants attack SNA barracks in Huriwa district, Mogadishu; al Shabaab ambushes Ethiopian AMISOM convoy near Nur Fahah, Hiraan region; al Shabaab reports on clan conflict mediation efforts in Lower Shabelle region.