Gulf of Aden Security Review

Contributors: Jordan Indermuehle (Current), Tyler Nocina (Current), Ethan Beaudoin (Current), Maher Farrukh (current), Colin Lahiff, Hamsa Fayed, 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: UN Special Envoy for Yemen postpones trip to Sana’a; AQAP militants attack Emirati-backed counterterrorism forces in southern Abyan governorate; AQAP militants attack al Houthi-Saleh forces in southern al Bayda governorate.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab militants ambush SNA convoy in Bakool region; al Shabaab militants ambush two AMISOM convoys in Middle Shabelle region; African Union official meets with Burundian government.

Yemen: Hadi government forces begin offensive phase to seize Mokha city; UN Special Envoy for Yemen reviews UN peace proposal with President Hadi; AQAP militants attack Emirati-backed counterterrorism forces in Zinjibar city, Abyan governorate; AQAP militants attack al Houthi-Saleh forces in southwestern al Bayda governorate; Hadi government and popular resistance forces seize territory and ballistic missiles in Nihm district, Sana’a governorate; al Houthi-Saleh forces fire ballistic missile at Hadi government forces in Ma’rib governorate.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab executes Ugandan AMISOM hostage; al Shabaab militants recapture Barire town, Lower Shabelle region; al Shabaab militants attack AMISOM convoy near Mahaday town, Middle Shabelle region; UN reports on civilian deaths caused by AMISOM and SNA forces.

Yemen: AQAP militants attack Emirati-backed security forces in Abyan governorate; Hadi government forces plan to seize Mokha district, Taiz governorate; AQAP militants attack al Houthi-Saleh forces in al Bayda and Ibb governorates.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab militants raid SNA bases and police station in Qoryooley, Middle Shabelle region; SNA and KDF forces seize key village from al Shabaab in Gedo region; AMISOM requests 9,000 additional troops; Burundi to begin withdrawal of 5,400 troops from Somalia; NISA soldiers clash with local police over Galmudug parliament session.

Yemen: U.S. CENTCOM confirms airstrikes targeting AQAP militants in al Bayda governorate; Yemeni security forces arrest ISIS militants in Aden city; southern tribal militias announce participation in Taiz operation; AQAP militants attack Emirati-backed security forces in Abyan governorate; UN reports half of Yemeni governorates on the brink of famine.

Horn of Africa: ASWJ forms parliament in Galgudud region amidst political crisis; suspected al Shabaab militants detonate grenade in Jowhar, Middle Shabelle region; UAE to build military base in Somaliland.

Yemen: Hadi government and Emirati-backed forces break up checkpoints in al Dhaleh governorate; Hadi government forces continue Operation Golden Spear in Taiz governorate; officers accuse Hadi government of withholding salaries in Aden.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab militants ambush militia barracks near Jowhar, Middle Shabelle region; al Shabaab militants open fire on civilian bus near Mahaday, Middle Shabelle region; U.S. State Department issues new travel warning for Somalia.

Yemen: UN Special Envoy for Yemen attempts to convene negotiations; Hadi government and al Houthi-Saleh forces exchange artillery fire near the Bab al Mandab Strait; AQAP militants detonate IED targeting Emirati-backed counterterrorism forces in northern Abyan.

Horn of Africa: Somali Lower House Speaker re-elected; Galmudug president declares state of emergency; Kenyan Police arrest two al Shabaab militants in Nairobi; al Shabaab attacks Kenyan forces near Mandera town, eastern Kenya.

Yemen: Hadi government forces expand objectives for Operation Golden Spear in Taiz governorate; coalition airstrike hits school in Sana’a governorate; AQAP confirms death of militant in U.S. airstrike in al Bayda; AQAP reinforces tribal relations in Abyan; protesters demonstrate against arbitrary detention in al Mukalla, Hadramawt governorate.

Horn of Africa: Senior al Shabaab commander surrenders in Gedo region; U.S. AFRICOM conducts self-defense airstrike against al Shabaab fighters in Gadud, Lower Jubba region; al Shabaab claims grenade attack on government militia in Afgoi town, Lower Shabelle region; al Shabaab executes three civilians in Buale town, Middle Jubba region; Galmudug parliament votes to impeach regional president.

Yemen: Hadi government forces launch Operation Golden Spear to seize territory surrounding the Bab al Mandab Strait; AQAP militants attack al Hizam forces in Abyan governorate; reported U.S. airstrike kills AQAP militants in al Bayda governorate; ISIS Wilayat al Bayda claims attack targeting al Houthi-Saleh forces near Qifa, northwestern al Bayda governorate; Russian-printed currency arrives in Aden.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab militants retake stronghold from AMISOM forces outside Kismayo; reported U.S. airstrikes kill five people outside Kismayo; Somali Special Forces arrest senior al Shabaab commander in Wanlaweyn, Lower Shabelle region; militants detonate two IEDs in Mogadishu restaurant; suspected al Shabaab IED kills three people near Mahaday, Middle Shabelle region.

Yemen: Al Houthi-Saleh forces counterattack against Hadi government forces in northern Sa’ada governorate; popular resistance forces seize territory near the Bab al Mandeb strait; AQAP militants attack al Houthi-Saleh forces in central al Bayda governorate; Hadi government forces advance northwest of Taiz city.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab claims attack on government militia barracks near Mogadishu; Somali security forces arrest al Shabaab militants in Jalalaqsi, Hiraan region; Somali security forces increase security in Mogadishu after multiple al Shabaab bombings; U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter commends AMISOM efforts to combat al Shabaab.

Yemen: U.S. Department of State adds senior AQAP member to designated terrorist list; al Houthi-Saleh forces fire missiles at Hadi government forces near Bab al Mandeb strait; Emirati-backed counterterrorism forces interdict vehicle carrying IED components in Aden city; al Houthi-Saleh forces claim to fire ballistic missile at Hadi government forces in northwestern Shabwah governorate; Hadi government forces seize mountains in northwestern Taiz governorate; al Houthi-Saleh forces shell Hadi government position in northwestern Lahij governorate.

Horn of Africa: U.S. State Department expresses concern for Somalia’s electoral process; NISA detains nine al Shabaab suspects after UNDP bombing in Mogadishu.