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: UN-led direct talks resume in Kuwait; UN Secretary-General welcomes the launch of the UN Verification and Inspection Mechanism in Djibouti; Yemeni government forces give AQAP a week to withdraw from Zinjibar, Abyan.

Horn of Africa: Kenyan and Ugandan security services foil ISIS-linked plot in East Africa; al Shabaab replaces Lower Shabelle regional governor for clan favoritism; al Shabaab detonates IED in Afgoi, Lower Shabelle region.

Yemen: International officials attempt to restart Kuwait talks; AQAP reportedly agrees to begin withdrawal from Zinjibar under pressure from local mediators; Iranian Embassy in Kuwait denies assisting al Houthi-GPC delegation.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab militants shell Halane Training Facility in Waberi district, Mogadishu; SNA special operations forces raid rumored pro-ISIS training camp near Janale, Lower Shabelle; al Shabaab militants target AMISOM convoy with IED in Heliwa district, Mogadishu.

Yemen: Yemeni government delegation suspends Kuwait talks over seizure of military base northwest of Sana’a; militants target Aden officials in SVBIED attack; AQAP releases statement on withdrawal from al Mukalla; Saudi Arabia releases 40 al Houthi prisoners; coalition-backed forces seize AQAP camp in Wadi Hadramawt.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab launches complex attack on SNA military base in Runirgood, Middle Shabelle region; al Shabaab detonates IED in Qoryoley, Lower Shabelle district; suspected al Shabaab militants throw grenades at AMISOM base in Marka, Lower Shabelle region; British soldiers deploy to Somalia to train and advise AMISOM.

Yemen: U.S. and coalition airstrikes target AQAP in central and southern Yemen; peace talks resume after canceled session; Zinjibar residents protest AQAP; Shabwah tribes declare opposition to AQAP; suspected ISIS Wilayat Aden-Abyan militants assassinate director of Aden traffic police.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab militants attack SNA barracks in Huriwa district, Mogadishu; al Shabaab ambushes Ethiopian AMISOM convoy near Nur Fahah, Hiraan region; al Shabaab reports on clan conflict mediation efforts in Lower Shabelle region.

Yemen: Militants target Aden security chief with SVBIED attack; pro-Hadi forces claim full control of Lahij governorate; peace talk session canceled due to ongoing disagreements.

Horn of Africa: NISA and AMISOM arrest 15 suspected al Shabaab members in Daynile district, Mogadishu; former NISA official claims pro-ISIS militants fleeing to Mogadishu and Kenya; IJA decision to restructure Beled Hawo government sparks tensions.

Yemen: Delegations agree on agenda for Kuwait talks; AQAP militants arrive in Zinjibar, Abyan from al Mukalla, Hadramawt; Hadi government officials begin rebuilding security institutions in al Mukalla; coalition airstrikes target militants west of al Hawta, Lahij.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab militants occupy Janale, Lower Shabelle region; suspected al Shabaab militants attack house of Somali parliamentarian; three European jihadists surrender to SNA and AMISOM troops outside Janale; Kenya to proceed with construction of Somali-Kenyan border wall.

Yemen: UN Security Council calls on negotiating parties to make interim security plan; reported U.S. airstrike kills AQAP militants in Abyan; suspected AQAP gunmen attack checkpoint in al Hawta, Lahij; AQAP militants attack pro-Hadi military positions in Wadi Hadramawt.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab attacks SNA military outpost in Danunay, Bay region; al Shabaab attacks Wajid town, Bakool region; pro-ISIS Twitter account claims more operations to occur in Somalia.

Yemen: Coalition-backed forces recapture al Mukalla, Hadramawt from AQAP; AQAP detonates VBIED in response to coalition-backed offensive in Zinjibar, Abyan; UN-led peace talks continue in Kuwait.

Horn of Africa: ISIS claims IED attack in Daynile district, Mogadishu; NISA arrests pro-ISIS militant in Dharkenley district, Mogadishu; al Shabaab militants commit suicide during SNA-AMISOM raid near Burhakaba, Bay region; SNA and AMISOM forces attack al Shabaab checkpoint outside Kismayo, Lower Shabelle region.

Yemen: UN-sponsored peace talks began in Kuwait; Saudi-led coalition bombs AQAP positions in Abyan; al Houthi-Saleh forces clash with popular resistance forces in Taiz city.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab abducts schoolchildren from Harardhere district, Mudug region; SNA and AMISOM forces kill several al Shabaab militants in northeastern Bakool region; NISA intercepts two possible al Shabaab SVBIEDs in Wadajir district, Mogadishu; Somali police search for al Shabaab explosives expert in Bardere, Gedo region.

Yemen: Al Houthi-GPC delegation not yet present at Kuwait talks; Turkish government freezes former president Saleh’s assets; local ceasefire signed and possibly violated in al Bayda.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab detonates IED targeting Ethiopian AMISOM convoy in Bay region; AMISOM and SNA troops raid al Shabaab bases in Budbud and Ulo Jarad villages, Galgudud region; Jabha East Africa acknowledges Puntland pro-ISIS cell.