Gulf of Aden Security Review

Contributors: Hamsa Fayed (current), Maher Farrukh (current), Colin Lahiff (current), Breuk Bass, Barr Benyamin, Remy Bourget, Sam Cleaves, Dylan Clement, Cody Curran, Ali Dahlin, Tessa Deardorff, Jonathan Diamond, Emily Estelle, Stephanie Fishman, Steve Gonzalez, Sasha Gordon, Michael Graziani, Chris Harnisch, Kerry Harris, Daniel Heesemann, Craig Hoaglin, Nathaniel Horadam, Courtney Hughes, Joseph Hughes, Paul Jarvis, Adam Kahan, Kennan Khatib, Jessican Kocan, 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 and Saudi Foreign Minister reiterate commitment to Yemen ceasefire; Chairman of al Houthi-Saleh Supreme Political Council calls for end of Saudi-led coalition blockade; U.S. Department of State designates Hezbollah commander for operations in Syria and Yemen.

Horn of Africa: Suspected al Shabaab militants assassinate election delegate in Mogadishu; AMISOM forces inadvertently kill a civilian in Mogadishu; Puntland State elects three women, rejects former warlord in Upper House elections; Ethiopian government detains 1,645 protesters during state of emergency.

Yemen: 72-hour ceasefire in Yemen begins; Iran increases weapons smuggling to al Houthi-Saleh forces through Oman; suspected AQAP militants attack security forces in Zinjibar and Lawder districts, Abyan governorate.

Horn of Africa: Puntland and Galmudug security forces break ceasefire in Galkayo, Mudug region; al Shabaab claims defection of six Jubbaland security personnel; Jubbaland and Southwest State Upper House elections conclude; Somali security forces release al Jazeera journalists.

Yemen: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reiterates support for 72-hour ceasefire; Hadi government forces attack al Houthi-Saleh positions in Midi city, Hajjah governorate; al Houthi-Saleh forces continue to target Saudi-led coalition positions along Saudi-Yemeni border; Hadi government forces clash with al Houthi-Saleh forces near Kitaf district, Sa’ada governorate; Saudi-led coalition airstrikes target al Houthi-Saleh forces in Sa’ada, Sana’a, and Amran governorates; al Houthi-Saleh forces attack Hadi government and allied forces in Kahbub district along Lahij-Taiz border; cholera outbreak spreads in Yemen.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab launches complex attack on Afgoi town, Lower Shabelle region; Somali security forces detain two journalists in Mogadishu; Kenyan court sentences al Shabaab sympathizer to prison.

Yemen: Ceasefire to begin on October 19; AQAP militants attack Southern Resistance checkpoint in Shabwah; local officials ban Prime Minister Obeid bin Daghir from entering al Mahrah governorate; Saudi-led coalition intercepts al Houthi-Saleh ballistic missiles; Joint Incidents and Assessment Team (JIAT) says Sana’a funeral hall strike caused by flawed intelligence.

Horn of Africa: Suspected al Shabaab militants attack gubernatorial residence in Mandera County, Kenya; al Shabaab and SNA clash in Muri village, Lower Shabelle region.

Yemen: Reported missiles target U.S. warship in the Red Sea for the third time; U.S., UK, and UN call for immediate ceasefire in Yemen; Omani officials facilitate release of two U.S. citizens held in Yemen; Hadi government and allied forces advance in Sa’ada governorate; security forces and civilians in southern Yemen demand unpaid salaries from Hadi government.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab militants preach in Muri town, Lower Shabelle region; al Shabaab and AMISOM forces exchange mortar fire near Qoryooley town in Lower Shabelle region; suspected al Shabaab militants murder two people in Mogadishu; Galmudug State elects a former warlord in Somalia’s first Upper House elections.

Yemen: Former President Saleh calls for Russian involvement in Yemen; al Houthi-Saleh military spokesman denies alliance’s forces participated in attacks on U.S. warships in the Red Sea; AQAP militants clash with al Houthi-Saleh forces in Ibb and al Bayda governorates; thousands of southern Yemenis demonstrate in Aden’s Freedom Square; al Houthi-Saleh forces kill Saudi border guard.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab militants detonate IED targeting Southwest Administration security forces near Baidoa, Bay region; al Shabaab militants attack AMISOM base and detonate IED near Mahaday town, Middle Shabelle region.

Yemen: U.S. Navy fires cruise missiles at radar sites in al Hudaydah governorate; political and security leaders prepare for October 14 demonstrations in Aden; Saudi-led coalition strikes al Houthi-Saleh positions in al Jawf, Hajjah, and Sana’a governorates.

Horn of Africa: Somali Minister of Information calls on SNA forces to deploy as peacekeepers in Galkayo town, Mudug region; three suspected al Shabaab militants killed while planting an IED in Mogadishu; Galmudug security forces recapture Godinlabe town from ASWJ in Galgadud region; al Shabaab executes two men in Jilib town, Middle Jubba region.

Yemen: al Houthi-Saleh forces likely responsible for attack on U.S. warship; Hadi government and allied forces seize al Buqa’ city, Sa’ada governorate; Saudi-led coalition eases blockade; President Hadi’s foreign minister expresses support for UN-proposed ceasefire; al Houthi-Saleh forces launch ballistic missiles at Saudi Arabia and Ma’rib governorate; calls for southern independence grow.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab executes three men in El Ali, Hiraan region; AMISOM mortar strike kills three civilians in Qoryooley, Lower Shabelle region; ASWJ drives Galmudug security forces from Godinlabe in Galgudud region; Puntland and Galmudug security forces continue to clash in Galkayo.

Yemen: Suspected al Houthi-Saleh militants fire missiles at U.S. Navy destroyer in Red Sea; Saudi-led coalition airstrikes kill 155 civilians at funeral hall in Sana’a city; Southern Movement supporters demonstrate against Prime Minister bin Daghir in al Mukalla, Hadramawt; WHO issues cholera outbreak warning in Sana’a and Taiz cities.

Horn of Africa: Galmudug and Puntland State forces clash in Galkayo, Mudug region after ceasefire fails; Ethiopian AMISOM forces withdraw from El Ali town, Hiraan region; suspected al Shabaab militants detonate SVBIED and launch mortars in Mogadishu; regional administrations and clans fail to meet election requirements.

Yemen: Al Houthi-Saleh alliance agrees to UN-proposed ceasefire; reported U.S. airstrike targets AQAP militants in Shabwah governorate; protesters call for removal of Abyan governor; U.S. Department of State updates travel warning for Yemen.

Horn of Africa: Puntland and Galmudug security forces clash in Galkayo town, Mudug region; al Shabaab spokesman promises more attacks targeting Kenyans; al Shabaab militants conduct IED attack targeting AMISOM convoy in Mogadishu.