Gulf of Aden Security Review

Contributors: 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: Yemeni military and al Islah Party tribesmen clash with al Houthi militants in al Jawf; presidential committee travels to Sada’a; thousands of Yemenis protest recent al Houthi actions in Taiz; military reinforcements arrive in Hadramawt; IED detonates in Hadramawt; Yemeni security forces defuse IED in al Bayda and al Dhaleh; U.S. State Department issues statement calling for U.S. citizens to depart from Yemen.

Horn of Africa: AMISOM and SNA forces seize district in Bakool region from al Shabaab; roadside IED detonates near International Committee of the Red Cross vehicle in Lower Jubba region; Lower Shabelle governor announces and outlines impending AMISOM and Somali National Army offensive in Lower Shabelle region; Somali National Army forces raid headquarters of the unrecognized six state regional administration in Bay region.

Yemen: President Hadi issues speech calling for military readiness in Sana’a; Yemeni Air Force transfers aircraft to Lahij, Taiz, and Hudaydah; Yemeni security forces arrested AQAP militants in Sana’a; suspected AQAP militants ambush Yemeni soldiers in al Bayda; Yemeni security forces arrest suspected AQAP militants in Hadramawt.

Horn of Africa: AMISOM and Somali National Army forces conduct operations against al Shabaab in Bakool, Gedo, and Hiraan regions; Somali military court sentences seven alleged al Shabaab militants to death in Mogadishu; unidentified gunmen fired upon a crowd in Mogadishu.

Yemen: Yemeni Special Forces battalion arrives in Hadramawt; Yemeni military clashes with suspected AQAP cell in Hadramawt; Abdul Malik al Houthi issues statement regarding ongoing protests in Sana’a; Yemeni security raids terrorist cell in Hadramawt; al Houthi militants attack military personnel in al Jawf.

Horn of Africa: Suspected al Shabaab-affiliated militants attack Kenyan police camp in Kenya’s North Eastern Province; Somali security forces conduct security operations in Mogadishu.

Yemen: AQAP militants kidnap and execute Yemeni soldier in Hadramawt; AQAP releases new online publication in English; Ansar al Sharia releases several statements via Twitter; Yemeni security forces clash with Ansar al Sharia militants in Hadramawt; airstrike kills suspected AQAP militants in Hadramawt; al Houthi supporters gather for protests in Sana’a; protests demand for dismissal of Yemeni Defense Minister outside of Yemeni President’s residence in Sana’a.

Horn of Africa: AMISOM and Somali National Army forces seize territory in Hiraan region from al Shabaab; suspected al Shabaab militants kill Somali government soldier in Hiraan region; suspected al Shabaab militants ambush and detain quarrymen in Kenya’s North Eastern Province; Somali police raid residence of former Somali warlord in Mogadishu.

Yemen: AQAP releases statement expressing solidarity with Sunni fighters in Iraq; AQAP claims credit for SVBIED in Hadramawt; AQAP releases statement regarding Ansar al Sharia’s operations in the Arabian Peninsula; Yemeni military chief of staff meets with U.S. deputy commander in U.S. special operations in Sana’a.

Horn of Africa: AMISOM and Somali security forces raid residences of former warlords and clash with clan militia in Mogadishu; Somali security forces disrupt two media outlets in Mogadishu; clan militia attacks village of rival clan in Kenya’s North Eastern Province.

Yemen: AQAP militants clash with Yemeni military in Abyan; AQAP releases video where AQAP religious officials discusses recent events; Ansar al Sharia releases Twitter statement claiming for IED explosion in Lahij; unidentified gunmen clash with Yemeni soldiers in Taiz; Yemeni Air Force conducts flights over Lahij and al Dhaleh; Saudi Arabia makes donation to U.N. Counter Terrorism Center.

Horn of Africa: Ethiopian AMISOM forces seize territory in Hiraan region from al Shabaab; al Shabaab executes two alleged spies in Lower Jubba region; suspected al Shabaab militants attack construction site in Kenya’s North Eastern Province; al Shabaab releases video of Quran reciting competitions.

Yemen: Ansar al Sharia releases several statements via Twitter; President Hadi appoints new head of Special Forces; suspected AQAP militants open fire in al Bayda and Abyan; IED detonates in Lahij; al Houthi militants clash with al Islah tribesmen in al Jawf; unidentified tribesmen ambush police in al Jawf.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab militants attack Puntland military base in Bari region; Somali security forces arrest three suspected al Shabaab militants in Mudug region; Somali National Army forces clash with unidentified militiamen in Middle Shabelle region.

Yemen: Ansar al Sharia releases statement describing martyrdom operations in Abyan and Shabwah; AQAP releases statement describing methods to avoid a drone strike; AQAP militants clash with the Yemeni military in Hadramawt; Yemeni security forces apprehend suspected AQAP militants and bomb house in Hadramawt; suspected AQAP militant killed in prison cell in Hadramawt; al Islah Party tribesmen clash with al Houthi militants in al Jawf; Yemeni soldiers protest against their commanding officer in Sana’a; security forces discover a tunnel leading to former President Saleh’s house.

Horn of Africa: Kenyan security forces arrest alleged leader of al Shabaab-affiliated militants operating in Kenya’s Coast Province; AMISOM forces fire upon demonstrators in Lower Shabelle region; unidentified gunmen ambush Norwegian oil exploration team in Sool region.

Yemen: Ansar al Sharia executes 14 Yemeni soldiers in Hadramawt; Ansar al Sharia attacks Yemeni military and government buildings in Lahij; Ansar al Sharia releases several statements via Twitter; Ansar al Sharia releases photos of Eid al Adha celebrations; AQAP religious official condemns those who criticize the legitimacy of titles; Yemeni security forces apprehend suspected AQAP militants in Hadramawt; airstrike kills suspected AQAP militants in Ma’rib; Yemeni Air Force bombs suspected AQAP positions in Hadramawt; Yemeni military reinforcements arrive in Hadramawt and Lahij; Yemeni military and al Islah Party tribesmen clash with al Houthi militants in al Jawf.

Horn Africa: Al Shabaab militants attack AMISOM and SNA forces in Hiraan and Lower Shabelle regions; al Shabaab militants target Puntland military official in Bari region; Somali national security forces raid suspected al Shabaab safe house in Mogadishu; Kenyan Air Force jets conduct air strikes targeting suspected al Shabaab-affiliated militants in Kenya’s Coast Province.

Yemen: Ansar al Sharia releases multiple statements regarding offensive in al Qatn via twitter; AQAP official releases statements regarding obedience and support; unidentified tribes clash in Ma’rib; unidentified assailants launch rocket toward government official’s home in Sana’a.

Horn of Africa: Somali National Army general confirms new AMISOM and Somali offensive against al Shabaab; Kenyan security official claims that al Shabaab-affiliated militants operating along Kenya coast fled to Somalia and Tanzania; U.S. Department of State announces bilateral agreement with Somali Federal Government to reform Somali national security apparatus.