Daily News Briefs

Daily data on security, political, and economic trends in Critical Threats' focus areas.

  1. Gulf of Aden Security Review

    Gulf of Aden Security Review - August 20, 2014

    Yemen: President Hadi issues speech calling for military readiness in Sana’a; Yemeni Air Force transfers aircraft to Lahij, Taiz, and Hudaydah; Yemeni security forces arrested AQAP militants in Sana’a; suspected AQAP militants ambush Yemeni soldiers in al Bayda; Yemeni security forces arrest suspected AQAP militants in Hadramawt. Horn of Africa: AMISOM and Somali National Army forces conduct operations against al Shabaab in Bakool, Gedo, and Hiraan regions; Somali military court sentences seven alleged al Shabaab militants to death in Mogadishu; unidentified gunmen fired upon a crowd in Mogadishu.

  2. Gulf of Aden Security Review

    Gulf of Aden Security Review - August 19, 2014

    Yemen: Yemeni Special Forces battalion arrives in Hadramawt; Yemeni military clashes with suspected AQAP cell in Hadramawt; Abdul Malik al Houthi issues statement regarding ongoing protests in Sana’a; Yemeni security raids terrorist cell in Hadramawt; al Houthi militants attack military personnel in al Jawf. Horn of Africa: Suspected al Shabaab-affiliated militants attack Kenyan police camp in Kenya’s North Eastern Province; Somali security forces conduct security operations in Mogadishu.

  3. Gulf of Aden Security Review

    Gulf of Aden Security Review - August 18, 2014

    Yemen: AQAP militants kidnap and execute Yemeni soldier in Hadramawt; AQAP releases new online publication in English; Ansar al Sharia releases several statements via Twitter; Yemeni security forces clash with Ansar al Sharia militants in Hadramawt; airstrike kills suspected AQAP militants in Hadramawt; al Houthi supporters gather for protests in Sana’a; protests demand for dismissal of Yemeni Defense Minister outside of Yemeni President’s residence in Sana’a. Horn of Africa: AMISOM and Somali National Army forces seize territory in Hiraan region from al Shabaab; suspected al Shabaab militants kill Somali government soldier in Hiraan region; suspected al Shabaab militants ambush and detain quarrymen in Kenya’s North Eastern Province; Somali police raid residence of former Somali warlord in Mogadishu.

  4. Gulf of Aden Security Review

    Gulf of Aden Security Review - August 15, 2014

    Yemen: AQAP releases statement expressing solidarity with Sunni fighters in Iraq; AQAP claims credit for SVBIED in Hadramawt; AQAP releases statement regarding Ansar al Sharia’s operations in the Arabian Peninsula; Yemeni military chief of staff meets with U.S. deputy commander in U.S. special operations in Sana’a. Horn of Africa: AMISOM and Somali security forces raid residences of former warlords and clash with clan militia in Mogadishu; Somali security forces disrupt two media outlets in Mogadishu; clan militia attacks village of rival clan in Kenya’s North Eastern Province.

  5. Pakistan Security Brief

    Pakistan Security Brief - August 15, 2014

    Assailant fire on Imran Khan’s vehicle, unknown men pelt PTI workers with rocks; reports estimate 15,000 to 20,000 PTI supporters have joined march; PTI granted permission for sit-in in Islamabad; Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says he will not resign; government bans protesters from breaching Red Zone; TTP militants attack military airbases in Quetta; Al Qaeda says it wishes to exchange kidnapped U.S. citizen for al Qaeda members held by U.S.; Maulvi Halim Khan to replace Haifz Gul Bahadur as top North Waziristan Taliban commander; U.S., U.K. and some European countries issue travel warnings for Pakistan; Unidentified gunmen kills guard in Swat; Unidentified gunmen kidnap eleven civilians traveling to Hangu; Security forces personnel kill four militants near Fort Slope, Khyber Agency; IDPs protest for right to return to North Waziristan; Pakistan Navy assumes command of naval counter-terrorism coalition force.

  6. Gulf of Aden Security Review

    Gulf of Aden Security Review - August 14, 2014

    Yemen: AQAP militants clash with Yemeni military in Abyan; AQAP releases video where AQAP religious officials discusses recent events; Ansar al Sharia releases Twitter statement claiming for IED explosion in Lahij; unidentified gunmen clash with Yemeni soldiers in Taiz; Yemeni Air Force conducts flights over Lahij and al Dhaleh; Saudi Arabia makes donation to U.N. Counter Terrorism Center. Horn of Africa: Ethiopian AMISOM forces seize territory in Hiraan region from al Shabaab; al Shabaab executes two alleged spies in Lower Jubba region; suspected al Shabaab militants attack construction site in Kenya’s North Eastern Province; al Shabaab releases video of Quran reciting competitions.

  7. Pakistan Security Brief

    Pakistan Security Brief - August 14, 2014

    Islamabad police lift previous ban on PAT march; PTI and PAT leaders and supporters head from Lahore to Islamabad; Police finalize Azadi March security plan; PAT chief Qadri says talks with government still possible; Constitutional experts deem Imran Khan’s technocrat government plan unfeasible; Pakistan rejects Afghanistan’s claim that Pakistan is responsible for cross-border attacks; Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif says army hopes to complete North Waziristan offensive soon; Militants shoot rockets into Miram Shah security forces camp; IED hits security forces vehicle in Hazar Ganji area of Quetta, killing one; Militants attack in Matta sub-district of Swat and injure two security personnel; Militants attack two security checkpoints in Isakhel area of Mohmand Agency, two militants killed; Unknown assailants fire mortar shell into house in Bara sub-district, Khyber Agency, injuring 15 people.

  8. Gulf of Aden Security Review

    Gulf of Aden Security Review - August 13, 2014

    Yemen: Ansar al Sharia releases several statements via Twitter; President Hadi appoints new head of Special Forces; suspected AQAP militants open fire in al Bayda and Abyan; IED detonates in Lahij; al Houthi militants clash with al Islah tribesmen in al Jawf; unidentified tribesmen ambush police in al Jawf. Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab militants attack Puntland military base in Bari region; Somali security forces arrest three suspected al Shabaab militants in Mudug region; Somali National Army forces clash with unidentified militiamen in Middle Shabelle region.

  9. Pakistan Security Brief

    Pakistan Security Brief - August 13, 2014

    Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif proposes Supreme Court-led election commission to investigate rigging during 2013 general elections; PTI chief Imran Khan rejects Sharif’s, vows to go ahead with August 14 march and demands Sharif’s resignation; Intelligence officials warn of infiltration of armed agents provocateur into ranks of protestors ahead of August 14 march, estimate maximum of 100,000 protestors during upcoming marches; Pakistani government ramps up efforts to barricade both Lahore and Islamabad to thwart PAT and PTI protests; Police officials claim Pakistani government will designate PAT as banned organization; Poll shows majority of Pakistani citizens view Prime Minister Sharif and PTI chief Khan favorably and consider 2013 elections largely free and fair; Bara IDPs protest for eleventh day; IED targets Bajaur tribal elders; Policeman killed in Karachi; IED injures 20 in Quetta market.

  10. Gulf of Aden Security Review

    Gulf of Aden Security Review - August 12, 2014

    Yemen: Ansar al Sharia releases statement describing martyrdom operations in Abyan and Shabwah; AQAP releases statement describing methods to avoid a drone strike; AQAP militants clash with the Yemeni military in Hadramawt; Yemeni security forces apprehend suspected AQAP militants and bomb house in Hadramawt; suspected AQAP militant killed in prison cell in Hadramawt; al Islah Party tribesmen clash with al Houthi militants in al Jawf; Yemeni soldiers protest against their commanding officer in Sana’a; security forces discover a tunnel leading to former President Saleh’s house. Horn of Africa: Kenyan security forces arrest alleged leader of al Shabaab-affiliated militants operating in Kenya’s Coast Province; AMISOM forces fire upon demonstrators in Lower Shabelle region; unidentified gunmen ambush Norwegian oil exploration team in Sool region.