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: Security forces find and clear IEDs in Aden mosques; delegations in Kuwait agree to prisoner release; Aden police forces arrest cell allegedly responsible for illegal deportations; coalition reaffirms its adherence to international law; UN Special Envoy for Yemen calls for joint body to address economic issues.

Horn of Africa: SNA and AMISOM troops arrest over 30 suspected al Shabaab members in Burdubo, Gedo region; SNA and AMISOM forces drive al Shabaab out of Toratorow, Lower Shabelle region but then withdraw from the town; Ethiopian AMISOM troops repulse an al Shabaab attack in Hudur, Bakool region; seven men involved in al Shabaab’s 2010 World Cup bombings face the death penalty in Uganda.

Yemen: UN Special Envoy expresses optimism for UN-led talks in Kuwait; militants attack Aden security directorate; coalition airstrikes target militants in Lahij.

Horn of Africa: Kenyan police arrest two suspected ISIS militants in Nairobi; militants detonate two IEDs targeting government and security authorities in Burdubo, Gedo region; al Shabaab mastermind behind 2010 Kampala World Cup bombings found guilty of terrorism.

Yemen: UN Special Envoy for Yemen proposes National Salvation Government; coalition airstrikes target AQAP in Lahij; coalition conducts airstrikes on al Houthi-Saleh forces in Sana’a and al Jawf.

Horn of Africa: KDF forces kill 21 al Shabaab militants and seize arms in Hawina, Dhobley, Lower Jubba region; al Shabaab attacks SNA base in El Wak on Somali-Kenyan border; AMISOM and SNA forces intervene in clan clash in Beledweyne, Hiraan region; SNA members clash over land disputes in Mogadishu.

Yemen: IED attack at Sana’a University kills three; vehicles strike IED and landmine in Aden; direct talks cut short in Kuwait; Iranian fishing vessels held in Socotra.

Horn of Africa: Reported KDF airstrikes target al Shabaab in Berhani, Kismayo, Lower Jubba region; Kenyan AMISOM convoy repulses al Shabaab ambush in Dhobley, Lower Jubba region; SNA on high alert after reports of planned al Shabaab attacks in Adan Yabal, Middle Shabelle region; Kenyan police forces clash with anti-IEBC protesters in Kisumu and Siaya; tribal elders accuse former Somali Minister of Justice of funding clan clashes in Beledweyne, Hiraan region.

Yemen: ISIS Wilayat Aden-Abyan suicide bomber targets military recruits in Aden; coalition-backed forces raid AQAP positions in al Mukalla; Hadi government delegation agrees to resume Kuwait talks; ISIS Wilayat Aden-Abyan releases propaganda video; police kill protester in Aden.

Horn of Africa: SNA launches anti-al Shabaab offensive in Middle Shabelle region; al Shabaab detonates IED targeting NISA in Mogadishu; Kenyan President Kenyatta threatens to withdraw KDF from Somalia due to AMISOM funding cuts; militants throw grenade at SNA soldiers in airport in Middle Shabelle region; al Shabaab releases tenth episode of its ‘Mujahideen Moments’ video series; Lamu County Commissioner says Operation Linda Boni is a success.

Yemen: U.S. sanctions ISIS in Yemen and AQAP financiers; reported U.S. airstrike targets Ansar al Sharia militants in Hadramawt governorate; al Houthis release southern prisoners in al Dhaleh following tribal mediation.

Horn of Africa: Suspected ISIS militants kill imam and two worshippers at mosque in Mwanza region, Tanzania; suspected al Shabaab militant detonates rickshaw SVBIED outside cafe in Wardhigley district, Mogadishu; UNSC representative says African Union should fund AMISOM budget deficit.

Yemen: Yemeni Prime Minister refuses al Houthi unity government proposal; UN Special Envoy for Yemen urges both delegations to take responsibility in their participation in the UN-led peace talks; Saudi-led coalition conducts more than 10 airstrikes on al Houthi positions in Amran.

Horn of Africa: AMISOM troops arrive in Beledweyne, Hiraan region to mediate clan clashes; UNSC delegation arrives in Mogadishu to discuss disputed federal election system.

Yemen: Al Houthi-Saleh alliance violates detainees’ rights, reports Amnesty International; Kuwaiti Emir meets with Hadi government delegation; al Houthi-Saleh forces and Hadi government rebuff southern soldiers’ demands for overdue salaries.

Horn of Africa: Pro-ISIS militants release Swahili-language video reportedly filmed in Tanzania; Kenyan ATPU officers arrest suspected al Shabaab member with IED components in Lamu County, Kenya; SNA and AMISOM troops conduct clearing operations outside Dinsoor, Bay region; NISA officers kill suspected al Shabaab militant in Heliwa district, Mogadishu.

Yemen: Yemeni government’s delegation suspends participation in Kuwait peace talks; government and popular resistance forces clash with al Houthi-Saleh forces in Lawder, Abyan governorate; al Dhaleh leaders denounce Aden’s ban on qat.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab militants attack Bardhere airport, Gedo region; al Shabaab militants behead man for espionage outside Bulobarde, Hiraan region; al Shabaab Hiraan region governor claims responsibility for May 16 Halgan base attacks; Turkish Airlines resumes service to Mogadishu with separate security procedures.

Yemen: ISIS Wilayat Hadramawt suicide bomber targets police recruits in al Mukalla, Hadramawt; al Houthi leader offers condolences on death of Hezbollah commander; U.S. Secretary of State Kerry discusses Yemen with Saudi King Salman; UN-led talks continue in Kuwait.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab attacks AMISOM and SNA bases in Halgan, Hiraan region; SNA and AMISOM forces backed by U.S. advisors capture Barire village, Lower Shabelle from al Shabaab; NISA disrupts laptop bomb-making cell in Howl Wadag district, Mogadishu; SNA and AMISOM troops recapture Adan-Yabaal village, Middle Shabelle region.