Daily News Briefs

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

  1. Gulf of Aden Security Review

    Gulf of Aden Security Review - January 18, 2017

    Yemen: Hadi government forces begin offensive phase to seize Mokha city; UN Special Envoy for Yemen reviews UN peace proposal with President Hadi; AQAP militants attack Emirati-backed counterterrorism forces in Zinjibar city, Abyan governorate; AQAP militants attack al Houthi-Saleh forces in southwestern al Bayda governorate; Hadi government and popular resistance forces seize territory and ballistic missiles in Nihm district, Sana’a governorate; al Houthi-Saleh forces fire ballistic missile at Hadi government forces in Ma’rib governorate. Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab executes Ugandan AMISOM hostage; al Shabaab militants recapture Barire town, Lower Shabelle region; al Shabaab militants attack AMISOM convoy near Mahaday town, Middle Shabelle region; UN reports on civilian deaths caused by AMISOM and SNA forces.

  2. Gulf of Aden Security Review

    Gulf of Aden Security Review - January 17, 2017

    Yemen: AQAP militants attack Emirati-backed security forces in Abyan governorate; Hadi government forces plan to seize Mokha district, Taiz governorate; AQAP militants attack al Houthi-Saleh forces in al Bayda and Ibb governorates. Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab militants raid SNA bases and police station in Qoryooley, Middle Shabelle region; SNA and KDF forces seize key village from al Shabaab in Gedo region; AMISOM requests 9,000 additional troops; Burundi to begin withdrawal of 5,400 troops from Somalia; NISA soldiers clash with local police over Galmudug parliament session.

  3. Gulf of Aden Security Review

    Gulf of Aden Security Review - January 13, 2017

    Yemen: U.S. CENTCOM confirms airstrikes targeting AQAP militants in al Bayda governorate; Yemeni security forces arrest ISIS militants in Aden city; southern tribal militias announce participation in Taiz operation; AQAP militants attack Emirati-backed security forces in Abyan governorate; UN reports half of Yemeni governorates on the brink of famine. Horn of Africa: ASWJ forms parliament in Galgudud region amidst political crisis; suspected al Shabaab militants detonate grenade in Jowhar, Middle Shabelle region; UAE to build military base in Somaliland.

  4. Iran News Roundup

    Iran News Round Up - January 12, 2017

    The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran’s spokesman claimed that U.S. officials assured Iranian representatives that the Iran Sanctions Act will not have a “practical impact” during a recent meeting of the nuclear deal’s Joint Commission.

  5. Gulf of Aden Security Review

    Gulf of Aden Security Review - January 12, 2017

    Yemen: Hadi government and Emirati-backed forces break up checkpoints in al Dhaleh governorate; Hadi government forces continue Operation Golden Spear in Taiz governorate; officers accuse Hadi government of withholding salaries in Aden. Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab militants ambush militia barracks near Jowhar, Middle Shabelle region; al Shabaab militants open fire on civilian bus near Mahaday, Middle Shabelle region; U.S. State Department issues new travel warning for Somalia.

  6. Iran News Roundup

    Iran News Round Up - January 11, 2017

    Iranian media outlets reported that IRGC Brigadier General Iraj Masjedi, a senior advisor to IRGC Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani, will become Iran’s new ambassador to Iraq.

  7. Gulf of Aden Security Review

    Gulf of Aden Security Review - January 11, 2017

    Yemen: UN Special Envoy for Yemen attempts to convene negotiations; Hadi government and al Houthi-Saleh forces exchange artillery fire near the Bab al Mandab Strait; AQAP militants detonate IED targeting Emirati-backed counterterrorism forces in northern Abyan. Horn of Africa: Somali Lower House Speaker re-elected; Galmudug president declares state of emergency; Kenyan Police arrest two al Shabaab militants in Nairobi; al Shabaab attacks Kenyan forces near Mandera town, eastern Kenya.

  8. Iran News Roundup

    Iran News Round Up - January 10, 2017

    Iran reportedly agreed to new measures to decrease its stockpile of enriched uranium below the 300-kilogram limit under the nuclear deal.

  9. Gulf of Aden Security Review

    Gulf of Aden Security Review - January 10, 2017

    Yemen: Hadi government forces expand objectives for Operation Golden Spear in Taiz governorate; coalition airstrike hits school in Sana’a governorate; AQAP confirms death of militant in U.S. airstrike in al Bayda; AQAP reinforces tribal relations in Abyan; protesters demonstrate against arbitrary detention in al Mukalla, Hadramawt governorate. Horn of Africa: Senior al Shabaab commander surrenders in Gedo region; U.S. AFRICOM conducts self-defense airstrike against al Shabaab fighters in Gadud, Lower Jubba region; al Shabaab claims grenade attack on government militia in Afgoi town, Lower Shabelle region; al Shabaab executes three civilians in Buale town, Middle Jubba region; Galmudug parliament votes to impeach regional president.

  10. Iran News Roundup

    Iran News Round Up - January 9, 2017

    Former President Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani passed away on January 8 at the age of 82.