Gulf of Aden Security Review

Contributors: Sam Cleaves (current), Joshua Koontz (current), James Miller (current), Greg Schroeder (current), Breuk Bass, Barr Benyamin, Remy Bourget, Dylan Clement, Cody Curran, Ali Dahlin, Stephanie Fishman, Steve Gonzalez, Sasha Gordon, Michael Graziani, Chris Harnisch, Kerry Harris, Nathaniel Horadam, Courtney Hughes, Paul Jarvis, Adam Kahan, Kennan Khatib, Landon LaSyone, David Lesser, Matthew Lu, Gabriella Nassif, Alexander Neill, Jacob Schaffer, David Schapiro, Jared Sorhaindo, Miles Taylor, Gilad Wenig, and Katherine Zimmerman

Yemen: AQAP militants attack al Houthi gunmen in al Bayda; al Houthi gunmen capture city in Ibb; Ansar al Sharia militants retake city in Ibb; al Houthi militants storm the governor of Sana’a’s home in Sana’a.

Horn of Africa: AMISOM forces kill five suspected al Shabaab militants near Ethiopian border in Kenya; suspected al Shabaab militants behead civilian in Lower Shabelle region; armed militias attack AMISOM forces in Hiraan region; unidentified gunman assassinates security officer in Mudug region.

Yemen: Al Houthi gunmen seize border post in Hajjah; AQAP calls on jihad groups to end infighting; Yemeni soldiers fire on Southern Movement protestors in Aden; armed tribesmen attack al Houthi militants in Ibb.

Horn of Africa: AMISOM forces arrest suspected al Shabaab militants in Lower Shabelle region; Kenyan security forces disarm IED planted by suspected al Shabaab militants in Kenya’s North Eastern Province.

Yemen: Ansar al Sharia militants target al Houthis in Ibb and al Bayda; AQAP militants attack military checkpoint in Hadramawt; tribes protest al Houthi control in Ibb.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab militants detonate fourth VBIED in Mogadishu in as many days; al Shabaab militants ambush AMISOM forces in Lower Shabelle and Banadir regions; unidentified assailants target Mandera governor’s convoy with IED in Kenya’s North Eastern Province.

Yemen: Al Houthi militants target AQAP; U.S. State Department offers cash rewards for information on AQAP’s leadership; Southern Movement issues deadline for Yemni military to leave South; Saudi border guards clash with tribal militants in Sa’ada; air strike kills AQAP militants in Shabwah.

Horn of Africa: U.S. Department of State warns of imminent al Shabaab attack in Ethiopia; suspected al Shabaab militants detonate VBIED in Mogadishu; unidentified gunmen target government official in Gedo region; Local militias clash and attack civilians in Hiraan and Lower Shabelle regions.

Yemen: Al Houthi gunmen seize port city al Hudaydah; president Hadi appoints new Prime Minister in Sana’a; Yemen’s southern movement organizes protests in Aden and Hadramawt; AQAP militants attack Yemeni military in Hadramawt.

Horn of Africa: Suspected al Shabaab militants conduct multiple VBIED attacks in Mogadishu; Kenyan AMISOM forces conduct complex operation targeting al Shabaab in Middle Jubba region; suspected al Shabaab militants kidnap five civilians in Kenya’s Coast Province; unidentified assailant beheads civilian in Mogadishu.

Yemen: Former president of South Yemen sends letter to UNSC; IED targets al Houthis in Sana’a; President Hadi forms two committees to investigate suicide bombings in Sana’a.

Horn of Africa: Suspected al Shabaab militants assassinate police officer in Mombasa, Kenya; unidentified gunmen target Kenyan official at his residence in Nairobi, Kenya.

Yemen: AQAP militants conduct simultaneous attacks in Sana’a and Hadramawt; recently appointed Prime Minister Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak resigns in Sana’a; Ansar al Sharia states purpose for attacks in al Bayda.

Horn of Africa: AMISOM and Jubbaland security forces conduct operations targeting al Shabaab in Lower Jubba region; regional Somalia security forces clashed with al Shabaab militants in Hiraan region; Kenyan authorities detained two suspects allegedly planning to carry out an attack on a mall in Nairobi.

Yemen: Al Houthi militants reject newly announced Prime Minister in Sana’a; Ansar al Sharia conducts simultaneous attacks in al Bayda; AQAP releases military captives in al Bayda.

Horn of Africa: AMSIOM and Somali National Army forces conduct security operations in Bay region; Finnish authorities detain three Somali nationals in Helsinki.

Yemen: Yemeni security forces and al Houthi gunmen arrest two AQAP operatives in Sana’a; possible new Prime Minister revealed in Sana’a; AQAP releases biographies for two slain fighers; unidentified assailants plant IED in Lahij.

Horn of Africa: AMISOM and Jubbaland security forces seize territory from al Shabaab militants after clashes in Lower Jubba region; al Shabaab militants attack AMISOM forces in Galgudud region; Somali security officials announce al Shabaab defections in Hiraan and Bay regions.

Yemen: AQAP calls for jihadi groups to respect fellow Muslims; al Islah party tribesmen ambush al Houthis in al Jawf; al Houthis take control of Central Prison in Hajjah; Yemeni military reinforcements arrive in al Majalah, Abyan.

Horn of Africa: AMISOM and Somali National Army forces seize and clear largest remaining al Shabaab stronghold in Lower Shabelle region; al Shabaab releases video documenting their June 2013 raid at the UN Common Compound in Mogadishu; al Shabaab militants attack Somali security forces near Mogadishu; AMISOM and Somali National Army forces seize additional territory from suspected al Shabaab militants in Bakool, Lower Jubba regions.