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: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry outlines roadmap for unity government in Yemen; Hadi-allied forces enter al Mahfad district, Abyan governorate to clear AQAP fighters; Saudi-led coalition airstrikes target al Houthi-Saleh positions in Sana’a; Saudi PATRIOT system intercepts missile launched by al Houthi-Saleh forces in Jazan, Saudi Arabia.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab conducts SVBIED attack on Lido Beach restaurant in Mogadishu; suspected al Shabaab militants detonate IED in Bardhere, Gedo region; al Shabaab militants detonate IED targeting SNA forces in Bulo Mareer, Lower Shabelle region; Somali federal elections to occur on schedule.

Yemen: U.S. Secretary of State Kerry meets with senior Saudi officials to discuss the Yemen crisis; UN calls for investigation into civilian deaths in Yemen; Yemeni Vice President Lt. Gen. Ali Mohsen al Ahmar visits troops in Ma’rib and Shabwah governorates; Hadi government forces clash with al Houthi-Saleh forces in Nihm, Sana’a governorate; Hadi government and allied forces seize positions in western Taiz city; militants attempt to assassinate Islah party Secretary-General in Ma’rib governorate.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab attacks SNA base near Goof Guduud, Bay region; suspected al Shabaab gunman assassinates Somali police officer in Mogadishu; top SNA and AMISOM commanders discuss pre-election security in Mogadishu.

Yemen: U.S. Secretary of State arrives in Jeddah to discuss Yemen; U.S. airstrike kills AQAP militants in Shabwah governorate; Hadi security forces arrest AQAP militants in Aden and Lahij; militants detonate IED targeting Hadi government forces in Aden; Saudi security forces thwart two attempted SVEST attacks in Qatif city, Saudi Arabia.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab militants attack Bakool region security forces near Moragabey village, Bakool region; al Shabaab militants ambush SNA and AMISOM convoy near Beledweyne, Hiraan region; SNA forces kill high-ranking al Shabaab commander near Qansah Dhere, Bay region; suspected al Shabaab militants target government officials in Mogadishu.

Yemen: Saudi-led coalition airstrikes target al Houthi-Saleh positions in Sana’a; Hadi government forces clash with al Houthi-Saleh forces in Taiz; al Houthi-Saleh forces claim to shoot down a Saudi helicopter near Najran, Saudi Arabia; al Houthi-Saleh forces launch Zelzal-3 missile towards Najran, Saudi Arabia; Hadi government forces clear AQAP militants from al Wadhea, Abyan.

Horn of Africa: U.S. announces $146 million aid package to assist refugees at Dadaab camp in western Kenya; al Shabaab militants ambush AMISOM convoy near Goof Gaduud town, Bay region; Kenya deploys additional forces to secure northern Kenyan-Somali border regions.

Yemen: Demonstrators rally in support al Houthi-Saleh power-sharing council in Sana’a; former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh offers Russia access to Yemeni military sites; Saudi-led coalition airstrikes target AQAP in Abyan; U.S. announces reduced personnel support for the Saudi-led coalition.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab conducts double SVBIED attack on government facility in Galkayo, Mudug region; al Shabaab militants attack Kenyan border camp near Lafey town, Mandera County, Kenya; al Shabaab launches mortar and grenade attacks in Mogadishu; Kenyan officials reverse plans to close Dadaab refugee camp by 2016.

Yemen: AQAP-linked militants assassinate three al Houthi officials in Sana’a city; Hadi government forces seize locations from al Houthi-Saleh fighters in northern and western Taiz city; security forces capture three AQAP militants in Aden; President Hadi meets with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs in Riyadh; MSF to evacuate staff from six hospitals in northern Yemen.

Horn of Africa: Pentagon spokesman refutes al Shabaab claim of U.S. casualty in August 10 raid; U.S. Secretary of State to discuss upcoming elections with Somali officials in Kenya; suspected al Shabaab militants detonate SVBIED in Mogadishu, Somalia.

Yemen: Hadi-allied forces clash with al Houthi-Saleh fighters in Taiz; coalition airstrikes target al Houthi-Saleh positions in Sana’a; suspected AQAP militants detonate SVBIED in Lawder, Abyan governorate; UN Secretary-General calls on Yemeni factions to end hostilities.

Horn of Africa: U.S. backed-Somali Special Operations Forces kill three al Shabaab fighters in Abdalla Biroole area, Lower Jubba region; suspected al Shabaab militants attempt to assassinate police chief in Bardhere city, Gedo region.

Yemen: Hamza bin Laden calls on Saudi citizens to overthrow Saudi government and train with AQAP; former President Saleh calls for Saudi Arabia to negotiate with al Houthi-Saleh council; Hadi-allied forces drive AQAP out of Lawder, Abyan governorate; al Houthi-Saleh rockets strike Najran city; al Houthi-Saleh forces disrupt Hadi government supply route in Taiz governorate; coalition airstrikes strike locations in Sana’a governorate.

Horn of Africa: Intergovernmental Authority on Development says al Shabaab is now a regional security threat; AMISOM forces fire mortar rounds into Marka town, Lower Shabelle region.

Yemen: AQAP militants detonate SVBIED targeting Hadi government troops in Shaqra, Abyan governorate; Saudi-led coalition continues airstrikes on al Houthi-Saleh positions in Sana’a; coalition airstrike strikes hospital in Abs, Hajjah governorate; Hadi government security forces raid ISIS-linked weapons cache in al Jawla near Aden city; U.S. transfers twelve Yemeni prisoners from Guantanamo Bay to UAE.

Horn of Africa: U.S. military confirms advisory role in raid targeting al Shabaab leadership in Sakow town, Middle Jubba region; SNA and AMISOM forces drive al Shabaab from villages near Bardhere, Gedo region.

Yemen: Coalition-backed forces seize Zinjibar and Ja’ar towns from AQAP; coalition airstrike hits school in Sa’ada governorate; Hadi government forces advance in Nihm district, Sana’a governorate; al Houthi-Saleh missile strikes water facility in Najran city, Saudi Arabia; Yemeni parliamentarians convene in Sana’a to swear in members of new al Houthi-Saleh governing council.

Horn of Africa: U.S.-backed Somali forces rumored to kill or capture al Shabaab emir near Sakow town, Middle Jubba region; clan militia kills three al Shabaab fighters near Beledweyne, Hiraan region; al Shabaab militants conduct IED attack on AMISOM convoy near Balidogle village, Lower Shabelle region; NISA forces seize SVBIED targeting Bakara market in Mogadishu.