Gulf of Aden Security Review

Contributors: Sam Cleaves (current), 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: Ansar al Sharia forms alliance with tribes in Ibb; Al Houthi militants search American Embassy delivery in Sana’a; AQAP militants clash with al Houthi gunmen in al Bayda; Southern Movement protestors demonstrate in Abyan.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab releases video of a confession by a French spy involved in operations against al Shabaab in 2013; Kenyan security forces reportedly arrest al Shabaab official in Kenya’s Eastern Province; unidentified gunmen attack village elder in Lower Shabelle region.

Yemen: Al Houthi gunmen kill AQAP member in al Bayda; AQAP judge calls for Sunnis to fight al Houthis; al Houthi militants storm government building in Sana’a; AQAP militants detonate IED in Shabwah.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab militants attack Jubbaland and AMISOM forces in Lower Jubba region; Somali security forces arrest dozens of suspected militants in Mogadishu; al Shabaab militants publicly execute man accused of rape in Lower Shabelle region.

Yemen: AQAP militants fight al Houthi gunmen in al Bayda; civilians gather to protest al Houthi presence in Sana’a; Southern Movement organizes protests in Hadramawt; Opposition coalition issues statement to President Hadi.

Horn of Africa: Somali National Army forces clash with al Shabaab militants in Hiraan region; Somali security forces conduct security operations in Bakool region; Jubbaland security forces arrest four suspected al Shabaab militants in Gedo region.

Yemen: AQAP militants attack al Houthi gunmen in al Bayda; al Houthi gunmen capture city in Ibb; Ansar al Sharia militants retake city in Ibb; al Houthi militants storm the governor of Sana’a’s home in Sana’a.

Horn of Africa: AMISOM forces kill five suspected al Shabaab militants near Ethiopian border in Kenya; suspected al Shabaab militants behead civilian in Lower Shabelle region; armed militias attack AMISOM forces in Hiraan region; unidentified gunman assassinates security officer in Mudug region.

Yemen: Al Houthi gunmen seize border post in Hajjah; AQAP calls on jihad groups to end infighting; Yemeni soldiers fire on Southern Movement protestors in Aden; armed tribesmen attack al Houthi militants in Ibb.

Horn of Africa: AMISOM forces arrest suspected al Shabaab militants in Lower Shabelle region; Kenyan security forces disarm IED planted by suspected al Shabaab militants in Kenya’s North Eastern Province.

Yemen: Ansar al Sharia militants target al Houthis in Ibb and al Bayda; AQAP militants attack military checkpoint in Hadramawt; tribes protest al Houthi control in Ibb.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab militants detonate fourth VBIED in Mogadishu in as many days; al Shabaab militants ambush AMISOM forces in Lower Shabelle and Banadir regions; unidentified assailants target Mandera governor’s convoy with IED in Kenya’s North Eastern Province.

Yemen: Al Houthi militants target AQAP; U.S. State Department offers cash rewards for information on AQAP’s leadership; Southern Movement issues deadline for Yemni military to leave South; Saudi border guards clash with tribal militants in Sa’ada; air strike kills AQAP militants in Shabwah.

Horn of Africa: U.S. Department of State warns of imminent al Shabaab attack in Ethiopia; suspected al Shabaab militants detonate VBIED in Mogadishu; unidentified gunmen target government official in Gedo region; Local militias clash and attack civilians in Hiraan and Lower Shabelle regions.

Yemen: Al Houthi gunmen seize port city al Hudaydah; president Hadi appoints new Prime Minister in Sana’a; Yemen’s southern movement organizes protests in Aden and Hadramawt; AQAP militants attack Yemeni military in Hadramawt.

Horn of Africa: Suspected al Shabaab militants conduct multiple VBIED attacks in Mogadishu; Kenyan AMISOM forces conduct complex operation targeting al Shabaab in Middle Jubba region; suspected al Shabaab militants kidnap five civilians in Kenya’s Coast Province; unidentified assailant beheads civilian in Mogadishu.

Yemen: Former president of South Yemen sends letter to UNSC; IED targets al Houthis in Sana’a; President Hadi forms two committees to investigate suicide bombings in Sana’a.

Horn of Africa: Suspected al Shabaab militants assassinate police officer in Mombasa, Kenya; unidentified gunmen target Kenyan official at his residence in Nairobi, Kenya.

Yemen: AQAP militants conduct simultaneous attacks in Sana’a and Hadramawt; recently appointed Prime Minister Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak resigns in Sana’a; Ansar al Sharia states purpose for attacks in al Bayda.

Horn of Africa: AMISOM and Jubbaland security forces conduct operations targeting al Shabaab in Lower Jubba region; regional Somalia security forces clashed with al Shabaab militants in Hiraan region; Kenyan authorities detained two suspects allegedly planning to carry out an attack on a mall in Nairobi.