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 - February 9, 2016

    Yemen: Pro-Hadi security forces clash with suspected AQAP militants in al Mansoura district, Aden; rival AQAP factions clash over leadership succession in Zinjibar, Abyan; Saudi-led coalition spokesman briefs U.S. policy experts on campaign in Yemen. Horn of Africa: Suspected al Shabaab land mine targets Jubbaland police in Kismayo, Somalia; KDF warplanes attack al Shabaab positions nea Berhani, Somalia; Kenyan police reservists demand better weapons to fight al Shabaab in Lamu County, Kenya.

  2. Gulf of Aden Security Review

    Gulf of Aden Security Review - February 6, 2016

    Yemen: AQAP captures the towns of Shaqra and Ahwar in Abyan governorate; AQAP eulogizes Jalal al Bal’idi al Marqishi; al Houthi-Saleh cross-border fire kills two in Saudi Arabia. Horn of Africa: Investigators identify accomplices in Daallo Airlines bombing in Mogadishu; AMISOM and SNA troops retake Marka, Lower Shabelle region; car bomb injures Gedo deputy governor in Bardhere, Gedo region; militants kill intelligence official in Wadajir district, Mogadishu.

  3. Iran News Roundup

    Iran News Round Up - February 8, 2016

    The Guardian Council approved 1,500 additional candidates to run in the parliamentary elections, bringing the total number of approved candidates to 6,300. It remains unclear what proportion of these newly approved candidates are Reformists, however.

  4. Iran News Roundup

    Iran News Round Up - February 5, 2016

    The spokesman for the Guardian Council announced that he believes around a quarter of the parliamentary candidates who had been disqualified may be allowed to run.

  5. Gulf of Aden Security Review

    Gulf of Aden Security Review - February 5, 2016

    Yemen: AQAP takes control of al Mahfid, Abyan; AQAP consolidates control in Zinjibar, Abyan; ISIS Wilayat Hadramawt releases propaganda video. Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab captures Merca, Lower Shabelle region; suspected al Shabaab car bombs target airport official and NISA senior officer in Mogadishu; IED targets AMISOM convoy near Jowhar, Lower Shabelle region; Jubbaland state president announces joint SNA-AMISOM offensive.

  6. Iran News Roundup

    Iran News Round Up - February 4, 2016

    Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli moderated his criticism of the mass disqualification of parliamentary candidates, indicating that the Interior Ministry is unlikely to contest the results of the Guardian Council’s review.

  7. Gulf of Aden Security Review

    Gulf of Aden Security Review - February 4, 2016

    Yemen: Reported U.S. airstrike kills Ansar al Sharia leader in Abyan; reported U.S. airstrike kills six AQAP militants in Shabwah; suicide bomber targets Lahij security chief in Aden. Horn of Africa: SNA troops raid al Shabaab-held Mahaday village in Middle Shabelle, Somalia; KDF forces redeploy to Gedo region, Somalia; al Shabaab is primary suspect in Mogadishu plane explosion.

  8. Iran News Roundup

    Iran News Round Up - February 3, 2016

    Iranian media reported the deaths of a dozen Iranian fighters in Syria, underscoring the depth of Iran’s ongoing military support for the Syrian government.

  9. Gulf of Aden Security Review

    Gulf of Aden Security Review - February 3, 2016

    Yemen: Suspected AQAP militants enter Habban in central Shabwah; popular resistance forces kill three AQAP militants at checkpoint in Abyan; UK MPs call for halt to Saudi arms sales. Horn of Africa: Suspected al Shabaab car bomb targets aid worker in Mogadishu, Somalia; Kenyan police arrest five al Shabaab recruiters in Nairobi, Kenya; circulation of al Shabaab attack media banned in Mandera County, Kenya.

  10. Gulf of Aden Security Review

    Gulf of Aden Security Review - February 2, 2016

    Yemen: AQAP stones man to death for adultery in al Mukalla; al Houthi Republican Guard detachment defects to popular resistance in Nihm, Sana’a; pro-Hadi forces besiege al Houthi-Saleh FOB northeast of Sana’a; coalition-backed forces deploy reinforcements to northwestern Hajjah governorate. Horn of Africa: Small explosion occurs aboard passenger plane in Mogadishu, Somalia; residents in Lamu County, Kenya protest recent al Shabaab attacks; Kenya receives Chinese APCs for counterterror operations; Kenya detains WFP supply trucks in Mandera County, Kenya.