Gulf of Aden Security Review

Contributors: Jonathan Diamond (current), Daniel Heesemann (current), Jessican Kocan (current), Breuk Bass, Barr Benyamin, Remy Bourget, Sam Cleaves, Dylan Clement, Cody Curran, Ali Dahlin, Tessa Deardorff, Emily Estelle, Stephanie Fishman, Steve Gonzalez, Sasha Gordon, Michael Graziani, Chris Harnisch, Kerry Harris, Craig Hoaglin, Nathaniel Horadam, Courtney Hughes, Joseph Hughes, Paul Jarvis, Adam Kahan, Kennan Khatib, 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: Yemeni Prime Minister reiterates support for Kuwait peace process; al Houthi official welcomes UN call for Taiz ceasefire; militants detonate IED in Ma’rib city; popular resistance fighters clash with al Houthi-Saleh fighters in al Jawf governorate.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab militants launch mortars at Burundian AMISOM base in Elasha Biyaha, Lower Shabelle region; Somali security forces interdict SVBIED in Mogadishu; former Somali MP identified as suicide bomber in July 26 attack on Halane Base in Mogadishu; suspected al Shabaab militants conduct IED attack on a KDF tank near Kiunga in Lamu County, Kenya; ISIS media outlet claims grenade attack in Mogadishu.

Yemen: Kuwaiti emir expresses skepticism for Yemeni peace talks; President Hadi meets with UN Special Envoy for Yemen in Mauritania; al Houthi chairman reaffirms commitment to ceasefire as Hadi and al Houthi-Saleh fighters agree to local ceasefire in Taiz.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab militants conduct SVBIED attack on UN and AMISOM compound in Mogadishu; Somali special forces attack al Shabaab positions in Awdhegle, Lower Shabelle region; al Shabaab militants behead elder in Qansah Dhere, Bay region.

Yemen: Al Houthi-Saleh forces launch missiles toward Saudi Arabia; coalition airstrikes target al Houthi-Saleh positions in Sana’a; coalition airstrikes target AQAP militants in Abyan governorate; militants attempt assassination of security official in Aden.

Horn of Africa: NISA forces interdict SVBIED in Mogadishu; AMISOM forces mobilize to Marka town in Lower Shabelle region; al Shabaab militants clash with AMISOM and Jubbaland Security forces for control of Berhani village in Lower Jubba region; suspected KDF airstrikes target al Shabaab training camp in El Adde in Gedo Region.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Yemen: U.S. general indicates possible increase in American presence in Yemen; militants attempt to assassinate security leaders in Aden with VBIED; Hadi delegation member rules out July 15 return to Kuwait peace talks; al Houthi spokesman reiterates negotiating position.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab militants conduct complex attack on KDF convoy near El Wak, Gedo region; Galmudug security forces prepare to attack al Shabaab strongholds in Mudug region; Kapenguria Police station attack incorrectly attributed to al Shabaab.

Yemen: UN Special Envoy meets with former President Saleh in Sana’a; financial crisis threatens Yemen’s food supply; government and popular resistance forces clash with al Houthi-Saleh fighters in Hajjah; Russian representatives delay UNSC decree on Yemen; Hadi government and popular resistance forces seize mountain near the Bab al Mandeb Strait.

Horn of Africa: Somali security officials seize explosives and arms outside of Mogadishu; alleged al Shabaab recruiter kills four police officers in Kapenguria County, Kenya; al Shabaab militants clash with local militias near Harardhere, Mudug region.