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

  1. Iran News Roundup

    Iran News Round Up - July 22, 2016

    Friday prayer leaders denounced the attempted coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan but criticized Turkey’s continued support for opposition groups in Syria.

  2. Gulf of Aden Security Review

    Gulf of Aden Security Review - July 22, 2016

    Yemen: Al Houthi-Saleh forces launch missile into Najran, Saudi Arabia; ISIS Wilayat Aden-Abyan claims assassination of Salafi commander in Aden; militants detonate VBIED during Friday prayers in Sana’a; suspected AQAP militants assassinate military leader in Zinjibar city, Abyan governorate. Horn of Africa: Suspected al Shabaab militants attack passenger bus in Lower Shabelle region; al Shabaab occupies village near Adale in Middle Shabelle region after SNA withdraws; Somaliland and Puntland forces continue to clash in Sanaag region.

  3. Iran News Roundup

    Iran News Round Up - July 21, 2016

    IRGC Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari blamed regional countries for fomenting unrest in Iran while security forces arrested forty alleged terrorists in the eastern part of the country.

  4. Gulf of Aden Security Review

    Gulf of Aden Security Review - July 21, 2016

    Yemen: Kuwaiti government demands that Yemeni delegations reach peace agreement within two weeks; forces loyal to President Hadi announce offensive to retake large city in Hajjah; coalition airstrikes target al Houthi-Saleh positions across Sana’a governorate; al Houthi-Saleh forces clash with Hadi government forces in al Jawf; President Hadi denounces al Houthi-Saleh attack on Saudi base. Horn of Africa: Somaliland and Puntland security forces prepare for possible escalation in Sanaag region; Somali officials doubt timeline for parliamentary and presidential elections.

  5. Iran News Roundup

    Iran News Round Up - July 20, 2016

    IRGC Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari warned that “some politicians” are implicated in the case against the former head of Bank Mellat, whom the IRGC Intelligence Organization arrested on corruption charges on July 19.

  6. Gulf of Aden Security Review

    Gulf of Aden Security Review - July 20, 2016

    Yemen: ISIS militants detonate IED in Aden city; al Houthi-Saleh missile targeting Saudi border base kills three Saudi troops; World Bank approves $50 million loan to alleviate Yemeni humanitarian crisis; militants detonate VBIED and IED in Aden city; Hadi government forces plan clearing operation in Abyan. Horn of Africa: Djiboutian AMISOM forces clash with SNA troops in Jalalaqsi, Hiraan region; al Shabaab attacks SNA checkpoint near Balad, Middle Shabelle region; al Shabaab condemns candidacy of female presidential candidate; controversy mounts over upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections.

  7. Iran News Roundup

    Iran News Round Up - July 19, 2016

    The IRGC Intelligence Organization arrested the former head of Bank Mellat and one of his deputies due to their “extensive involvement in an organized banking scam.”

  8. Gulf of Aden Security Review

    Gulf of Aden Security Review - July 19, 2016

    Yemen: Hadi’s foreign minister meets with UN Special Envoy for Yemen; Saudi-led coalition targets al Houthi-Saleh positions in Hajjah and al Jawf governorates; al Houthis establish committee to treat wounded soldiers in Taiz; al Houthi-Saleh forces clash with Hadi troops in Nihm, Sana’a governorate. Horn of Africa: African Union announces plan to cover funding gaps to AMISOM; Ethiopian AMISOM forces allegedly kill 14 civilians near Baidoa, Bay region; Somaliland and Puntland forces de-escalate in Sanaag region.

  9. Iran News Roundup

    Iran News Round Up - July 18, 2016

    Senior Iranian officials criticized the attempted coup against Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as undemocratic.

  10. Gulf of Aden Security Review

    Gulf of Aden Security Review - July 18, 2016

    Yemen: Militants detonate two SVBIEDs in al Mukalla, Hadramawt; UN Special Envoy for Yemen announces resumption of Kuwait talks in absence of Hadi delegation; popular resistance and government forces may launch offensive on Amran; reported U.S. airstrikes target AQAP militants in Shabwah; security services seize explosive materials from AQAP operatives in Lahij; government forces clash with al Houthi-Saleh fighters south of Taiz city. Horn of Africa: Puntland and Somaliland forces clash in Sanaag region; al Shabaab forces and AMISOM troops still competing for control of Marka town, Lower Shabelle region; al Shabaab militants temporarily seize Qoryooley in Lower Shabelle region; suspected al Shabaab militants attack SNA checkpoint in Mogadishu; Somalia announces plans to obtain six warships.