Gulf of Aden Security Review

Contributors: Hamsa Fayed (current), Maher Farrukh (current), Colin Lahiff (current), Breuk Bass, Barr Benyamin, Remy Bourget, Sam Cleaves, Dylan Clement, Cody Curran, Ali Dahlin, Tessa Deardorff, Jonathan Diamond, Emily Estelle, Stephanie Fishman, Steve Gonzalez, Sasha Gordon, Michael Graziani, Chris Harnisch, Kerry Harris, Daniel Heesemann, Craig Hoaglin, Nathaniel Horadam, Courtney Hughes, Joseph Hughes, Paul Jarvis, Adam Kahan, Kennan Khatib, Jessican Kocan, Alexis Knutsen, Joshua Koontz, Landon LaSyone, David Lesser, Matthew Lu, James Miller, Gabriella Nassif, Alexander Neill, Daniel O'Keefe, Jacob Schaffer, David Schapiro, Greg Schroeder, Jared Sorhaindo, Miles Taylor, James Towey, Steven Wachter, Gilad Wenig, and Katherine Zimmerman

Yemen: Reported U.S. airstrike targets AQAP in Ma’rib governorate; AQAP claims attack on al Houthi-Saleh forces in Ibb governorate; al Houthi-Saleh delegation travels to China; Hadi government forces prepare for intensified operations in al Jawf and Ma’rib governorates; Hadi government and popular resistance forces seize al Houthi-Saleh territory in northern Sana’a governorate; Emirati-trained security forces to secure oil sites in Shabwah governorate.

Horn of Africa: SNA forces ambush al Shabaab militants near Wajid town, Bakool region; U.S. provides six Huey II helicopters to Kenyan Defense Forces.

Yemen: Militants assassinate security officer in southern Shabwah governorate; reported U.S. airstrike targets AQAP militants in Hadramawt governorate; likely AQAP militants detonate IED in northern Abyan governorate; Hadi government forces mobilize from Hadramawt to Ma’rib governorate; Saudi-led coalition and al Houthi-Saleh forces exchange attacks near Saudi-Yemeni border.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab ambushes convoy near El Baraf, Middle Shabelle region; al Shabaab attacks KDF convoy in Garissa County, Kenya.

Yemen: Iran likely smuggling weapons to Yemen via Somalia; ISIS claims attack on al Houthi-Saleh forces in western al Bayda governorate; popular resistance forces dismantle suspected AQAP VBIED in southern Lahij governorate; UN Special Envoy calls al Houthi-Saleh government an obstacle to peace talks; Hadi government and allied forces attack al Houthi-Saleh forces in northern Yemen; al Houthi-Saleh forces clash with Hadi government and allied forces in central Yemen; southern Yemeni activists call for independence on South Yemen anniversary.

Horn of Africa: Kenyan security forces interdict al Shabaab attack targeting passenger vehicles in Mandera County, Kenya; Somali police neutralize suspected al Shabaab IEDs in Beledweyne, Hiraan region.

Yemen: al Houthi-Saleh Supreme Political Council forms a government; AQAP claims attack on al Houthi-Saleh forces in northern Ibb governorate; Hadi government forces deploy troops to Bab al Mandab; Aden security forces seize terrorist stronghold in Aden; Hadi government and popular resistance forces repel an al Houthi-Saleh attack in northern Dhaleh governorate.

Horn of Africa: Warplanes strike al Shabaab training camp in Torotorow, Lower Shabelle; PSF and local militia will attempt to clear ISIS-linked militants from Qandala, Bari region; gunmen kill elder in Yaqshid district, Mogadishu.

Yemen: Iranian IRGC general states Iran may seek naval bases in Yemen and Syria; AQAP releases multiple propaganda pieces; AQAP claims attacks against security forces in central and southern Yemen; reported U.S. airstrike hits AQAP militants in al Bayda governorate; ISIS claims attacks against al Houthi-Saleh forces in western al Bayda; al Houthi-Saleh forces clash with Hadi government and popular resistance forces in central Yemen.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab detonates SVBIED in Waberi district, Mogadishu; al Shabaab militants clash with local militiamen and Galmudug security forces near Harardhere town, Mudug region; warplanes strike al Shabaab training camp near Qoryooley, Lower Shabelle region; al Shabaab detonates IED outside Jowhar, Middle Shabelle region; Somali presidential contest delayed to December 2016.

Yemen: Security forces arrest AQAP militants in southern Yemen; Saudi-led coalition strikes multiple areas in northern Yemen; Hadi government and Hadi-allied forces clash with al Houthi-Saleh forces in central Yemen; al Houthi-Saleh forces shell Najran region, Saudi Arabia; popular resistance forces disrupt hospital services in Taiz governorate.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab militants seize Goof Gaduud town, Bay region; al Shabaab militants briefly occupy and destroy telecommunications equipment in Hulugho town, Garissa County, Kenya.

Yemen: ISIS militants assassinate security officer in Aden city; AQAP militants attack Emirati-backed counterterrorism forces in Hadramawt governorate; Hadi government forces plan to seize territory surrounding the Bab al Mandeb strait; Hadi government and popular resistance forces seize al Houthi-Saleh anti-aircraft site in north of Taiz city; UN opens humanitarian aid distribution office in Aden.

Horn of Africa: Jubbaland security forces drive al Shabaab from Berhani town, Lower Jubba region with international support; al Shabaab targets security forces and clashes with local militias near KM50, Lower Shabelle region.

Yemen: 48-hour ceasefire ends without renewal; belligerents clash and exchange fire along Yemen’s frontlines; AQAP detonates IEDs targeting al Hizam forces in Lawder district, Abyan governorate; reported U.S. airstrike kills AQAP leader in al Bayda governorate.

Horn of Africa: Clashes erupt following controversial Lower House elections in Jowhar, Middle Shabelle region; al Shabaab militants detonate IED targeting Ethiopian AMISOM forces in Bulo Gadud, Lower Jubba region; Kenyan police kill four al Shabaab militants near Somali-Kenyan border in Mandera County, Kenya; suspected al Shabaab militants target SNA and Somali police forces in Mogadishu; al Shabaab executes Tanzanian national in Jilib town, Middle Jubba region.

Yemen: Saudi-led coalition warplanes to continue support for Hadi government operations; ISIS militants clash with al Houthi-Saleh forces in Qifa area, western al Bayda governorate; HRW reports on arbitrary detentions and prisoner mistreatment by al Houthi-Saleh forces; Hadi government and allied forces seize territory in eastern Taiz.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab militants attack SNA and local security forces in Muri village, Lower Shabelle region; tensions remain high between Puntland and Galmudug Security forces in Galkayo, Mudug region.

Yemen: U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State clarifies Secretary Kerry’s statements to President Hadi; AQAP attacks security forces in northern Abyan governorate; al Houthi-Saleh forces shell Jazan region, southern Saudi Arabia.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab militants attack AMISOM base near KM60 area, Lower Shabelle region; parliamentary election results favor President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.