Gulf of Aden Security Review

Contributors: Joshua Koontz (current), James Miller (current), Greg Schroeder (current), Breuk Bass, Barr Benyamin, Remy Bourget, Dylan Clement, Cody Curran, Ali Dahlin, Stephanie Fishman, Steve Gonzalez, Sasha Gordon, Michael Graziani, Chris Harnisch, Kerry Harris, Nathaniel Horadam, Courtney Hughes, Paul Jarvis, Adam Kahan, Kennan Khatib, Landon LaSyone, David Lesser, Matthew Lu, Gabriella Nassif, Alexander Neill, Jacob Schaffer, David Schapiro, Jared Sorhaindo, Miles Taylor, Gilad Wenig, and Katherine Zimmerman

Yemen: AQAP religious judge comments on recent al Houthi events in Sana’a; UN Security Council condemns al Houthi military actions; presidential committee issues statement calling for Yemeni citizens to demonstrate throughout Yemen; unidentified gunmen detonate VBIED at Yemeni military checkpoint in Hadramawt.

Horn of Africa: AMISOM and Somali National Army forces seize territory from al Shabaab in Hiraan region; Somaliland security forces clash with Khatumo administration militiamen in Sool region.

Yemen: Ansar al Sharia issues a statement claiming credit for an alleged IED explosion in Sana’a; Yemeni president meets with GPC General Committee in Sana’a; Yemeni citizens participate in separate demonstrations in Aden; al Houthi militants establish new camps in Sana’a; al Islah Party tribesmen clash with al Houthi militants in al Jawf.

Horn of Africa: al Shabaab releases video encouraging Muslims throughout the world to participate in jihad; al Shabaab militants withdraw from towns in Hiraan region; Somali security forces conduct security operations in Lower Jubba and Middle Shabelle regions.

Yemen: Yemeni president meets with presidential committee to discuss the Yemeni government’s response to ongoing al Houthi protests; Yemeni military clashes with al Houthi militants in al Jawf; al Houthi militants kidnap university professor and local news photographer in Amran; AQAP militants clash with al Houthi militants in al Bayda; Yemeni military clashes with suspected AQAP militants in Hadramawt; suspected AQAP militants clash with Yemeni military in Abyan.

Horn of Africa: AMISOM and Somali National Army posture for continued offensive against al Shabaab in southern and central Somalia; Somaliland security forces seize disputed territory in Sool region; suspected clan militia raids village in Kenya’s North Eastern Province; unidentified gunmen target senior police official in Kenya’s Coast Province.

Yemen: Abdul Malik al Houthi issues new demands to President Hadi; Yemeni government holds emergency meetings to discuss al Houthi negotiations; Al Houthi militants kidnap Yemeni soldiers in Sana’a; Ansar al Sharia releases statement about killing a spy; unidentified militants attack the 33rd Armored Brigade in Dhaleh; unidentified militants kill senior security official in Dhamar; unidentified tribal militants sabotage oil pipeline in Ma’rib.

Horn of Africa: Somali security forces violently disperse demonstrators in Bay region; Somali National Army military court sentences two suspected al Shabaab militants in Mogadishu; unidentified assailants attack airport in Mudug region; Kenyan Defense Forces conduct security operation in Kenya’s North Eastern Province.

Yemen: al Houthi movement publishes a statement addressing recent negotiations with the Yemeni Presidential Commission; anti-Houthi protestors demonstrate in Sana’a; al Houthi militants clash with al Islah tribesmen and Yemeni military in al Jawf; Ansar al Sharia militants detonate car bomb in Aden; Ansar al Sharia militants ambush Yemeni military patrol in Hadramawt; Ansar al Sharia militants assassinate local trader in Hadramawt; Yemeni airplanes bomb suspected AQAP house in Hadramawt; suspected AQAP militants attack government official’s home in Dhamar; al Houthi militants relocate forces from al Jawf and Ma’rib to Sa’ada; Yemeni military chief of staff meets with U.S. military delegation.

Horn of Africa: AMISOM and Somali National Army forces seize key town in Bakool region from al Shabaab; al Shabaab militants clash with armed qat traders in Hiraan region; unidentified gunmen kill two Puntland police officers in Bari region; rival Somali clan militias clash in Kenya’s North Eastern Province.

Yemen: al Houthi leader calls for al Houthis to continue protesting against Yemeni government and to ignore recent negotiations; al Houthi militants pitch tents near government buildings in Sana’a; Ansar al Sharia releases Twitter statement describing operations against al Houthi militants in al Jawf; Yemeni military bombs AQAP camps in al Bayda; Yemeni military and local militia track AQAP militants in Abyan.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab militants ambush Somali National Army convoy in Gedo region; roadside IED detonates near Somali government security vehicle in Mogadishu; Somali Ministry of National Security announces extension of cash rewards program for information on al Shabaab.

Yemen: Yemeni military and al Islah Party tribesmen clash with al Houthi militants in al Jawf; presidential committee travels to Sada’a; thousands of Yemenis protest recent al Houthi actions in Taiz; military reinforcements arrive in Hadramawt; IED detonates in Hadramawt; Yemeni security forces defuse IED in al Bayda and al Dhaleh; U.S. State Department issues statement calling for U.S. citizens to depart from Yemen.

Horn of Africa: AMISOM and SNA forces seize district in Bakool region from al Shabaab; roadside IED detonates near International Committee of the Red Cross vehicle in Lower Jubba region; Lower Shabelle governor announces and outlines impending AMISOM and Somali National Army offensive in Lower Shabelle region; Somali National Army forces raid headquarters of the unrecognized six state regional administration in Bay region.

Yemen: President Hadi issues speech calling for military readiness in Sana’a; Yemeni Air Force transfers aircraft to Lahij, Taiz, and Hudaydah; Yemeni security forces arrested AQAP militants in Sana’a; suspected AQAP militants ambush Yemeni soldiers in al Bayda; Yemeni security forces arrest suspected AQAP militants in Hadramawt.

Horn of Africa: AMISOM and Somali National Army forces conduct operations against al Shabaab in Bakool, Gedo, and Hiraan regions; Somali military court sentences seven alleged al Shabaab militants to death in Mogadishu; unidentified gunmen fired upon a crowd in Mogadishu.

Yemen: Yemeni Special Forces battalion arrives in Hadramawt; Yemeni military clashes with suspected AQAP cell in Hadramawt; Abdul Malik al Houthi issues statement regarding ongoing protests in Sana’a; Yemeni security raids terrorist cell in Hadramawt; al Houthi militants attack military personnel in al Jawf.

Horn of Africa: Suspected al Shabaab-affiliated militants attack Kenyan police camp in Kenya’s North Eastern Province; Somali security forces conduct security operations in Mogadishu.

Yemen: AQAP militants kidnap and execute Yemeni soldier in Hadramawt; AQAP releases new online publication in English; Ansar al Sharia releases several statements via Twitter; Yemeni security forces clash with Ansar al Sharia militants in Hadramawt; airstrike kills suspected AQAP militants in Hadramawt; al Houthi supporters gather for protests in Sana’a; protests demand for dismissal of Yemeni Defense Minister outside of Yemeni President’s residence in Sana’a.

Horn of Africa: AMISOM and Somali National Army forces seize territory in Hiraan region from al Shabaab; suspected al Shabaab militants kill Somali government soldier in Hiraan region; suspected al Shabaab militants ambush and detain quarrymen in Kenya’s North Eastern Province; Somali police raid residence of former Somali warlord in Mogadishu.