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

  1. Iran News Round Up

    Iran News Round Up - May 27, 2016

    Interim Tehran Friday Prayer Leader Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami called the election of hardline cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati as the Assembly of Experts’ chairman a “strong slap in the faces of America and the British.”

  2. Gulf of Aden Security Review

    Gulf of Aden Security Review - May 27, 2016

    Yemen: Security forces find and clear IEDs in Aden mosques; delegations in Kuwait agree to prisoner release; Aden police forces arrest cell allegedly responsible for illegal deportations; coalition reaffirms its adherence to international law; UN Special Envoy for Yemen calls for joint body to address economic issues. Horn of Africa: SNA and AMISOM troops arrest over 30 suspected al Shabaab members in Burdubo, Gedo region; SNA and AMISOM forces drive al Shabaab out of Toratorow, Lower Shabelle region but then withdraw from the town; Ethiopian AMISOM troops repulse an al Shabaab attack in Hudur, Bakool region; seven men involved in al Shabaab’s 2010 World Cup bombings face the death penalty in Uganda.

  3. Iran News Roundup

    Iran News Round Up - May 26, 2016

    Iran’s participation in the Hajj remains uncertain despite comments by the undersecretary of Saudi Arabia’s Hajj Ministry that a preliminary agreement has been signed.

  4. Gulf of Aden Security Review

    Gulf of Aden Security Review - May 26, 2016

    Yemen: UN Special Envoy expresses optimism for UN-led talks in Kuwait; militants attack Aden security directorate; coalition airstrikes target militants in Lahij. Horn of Africa: Kenyan police arrest two suspected ISIS militants in Nairobi; militants detonate two IEDs targeting government and security authorities in Burdubo, Gedo region; al Shabaab mastermind behind 2010 Kampala World Cup bombings found guilty of terrorism.

  5. Iran News Roundup

    Iran News Round Up - May 25, 2016

    Parliamentarians debated a bill that would require the IRGC Intelligence Organization and the Judiciary to approve appointments to “sensitive government positions.”

  6. Gulf of Aden Security Review

    Gulf of Aden Security Review - May 25, 2016

    Yemen: UN Special Envoy for Yemen proposes National Salvation Government; coalition airstrikes target AQAP in Lahij; coalition conducts airstrikes on al Houthi-Saleh forces in Sana’a and al Jawf. Horn of Africa: KDF forces kill 21 al Shabaab militants and seize arms in Hawina, Dhobley, Lower Jubba region; al Shabaab attacks SNA base in El Wak on Somali-Kenyan border; AMISOM and SNA forces intervene in clan clash in Beledweyne, Hiraan region; SNA members clash over land disputes in Mogadishu.

  7. Gulf of Aden Security Review

    Gulf of Aden Security Review - May 24, 2016

    Yemen: IED attack at Sana’a University kills three; vehicles strike IED and landmine in Aden; direct talks cut short in Kuwait; Iranian fishing vessels held in Socotra. Horn of Africa: Reported KDF airstrikes target al Shabaab in Berhani, Kismayo, Lower Jubba region; Kenyan AMISOM convoy repulses al Shabaab ambush in Dhobley, Lower Jubba region; SNA on high alert after reports of planned al Shabaab attacks in Adan Yabal, Middle Shabelle region; Kenyan police forces clash with anti-IEBC protesters in Kisumu and Siaya; tribal elders accuse former Somali Minister of Justice of funding clan clashes in Beledweyne, Hiraan region.

  8. Iran News Roundup

    Iran News Round Up - May 24, 2016

    Assembly of Experts members elected Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, a hardline cleric, as the Assembly’s new chairman.

  9. Iran News Roundup

    Iran News Round Up - May 23, 2016

    Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei claimed that Iran is currently in a “war of willpower” with the U.S. and its allies.

  10. Gulf of Aden Security Review

    Gulf of Aden Security Review - May 23, 2016

    Yemen: ISIS Wilayat Aden-Abyan suicide bomber targets military recruits in Aden; coalition-backed forces raid AQAP positions in al Mukalla; Hadi government delegation agrees to resume Kuwait talks; ISIS Wilayat Aden-Abyan releases propaganda video; police kill protester in Aden. Horn of Africa: SNA launches anti-al Shabaab offensive in Middle Shabelle region; al Shabaab detonates IED targeting NISA in Mogadishu; Kenyan President Kenyatta threatens to withdraw KDF from Somalia due to AMISOM funding cuts; militants throw grenade at SNA soldiers in airport in Middle Shabelle region; al Shabaab releases tenth episode of its ‘Mujahideen Moments’ video series; Lamu County Commissioner says Operation Linda Boni is a success.