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: AQAP targets security checkpoint in Zinjibar city, Abyan governorate; Hadi government deploys reinforcements to Nihm district; Sana’a governorate; President Hadi outlines plan for Yemen; Saudi National Guard reinforces the Saudi-Yemeni border in Najran region.

Horn of Africa: Somali election officials holding last-minute meetings in Mogadishu in an effort to avoid second delay; EU provides AMISOM with 198 million dollars in funding.

Yemen: Reported U.S. airstrike targets AQAP militants in al Bayda governorate; foreign ministers at UNGA call for cessation of hostilities in Yemen; Saudi-led coalition airstrikes target presidential palace in western al Hudaydah governorate; Hadi government and allied forces encircle al Houthi-Saleh fighters in Sirwah, Ma’rib governorate; Hadi government and allied forces repel al Houthi-Saleh attack in Kirsh district, northern Lahij governorate.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab militants attack Kenyan police station in Hamey, Garissa County; FIEIT announces possible second delay to election timetable amid bans on election coverage; elders from Hiraan region push for independent Hiraan state.

Yemen: Suspected al Houthi militants detain an American citizen in Sana’a; reported U.S. airstrike targets AQAP militants near Ma’rib city, central Ma’rib governorate; al Houthi-Saleh forces counterattack in Kirsh district, Lahij governorate; Hadi government and allied forces clash with al Houthi-Saleh forces in Nihm district, Sana’a governorate.

Horn of Africa: UK to deploy additional forces to Somalia to aid in fight against al Shabaab; militants detonate car bomb in Shibis district, Mogadishu; Puntland court sentences young al Shabaab militants to deradicalization camps and prison terms.

Yemen: Hadi government forces arrest pro-AQAP judge in Mukalla, Hadramawt; Saudi-led coalition airstrikes target al Houthi-Saleh military intelligence headquarters in Sana’a city; Hadi government and allied forces seize Kahboub area, Lahij governorate; al Houthi-Saleh officials prevent the central bank in Aden from accessing accounts in Sana’a.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab militants conduct complex attack on Ethiopian AMISOM convoy near Elbur town, Galgaduud region; al Shabaab spokesman threatens attacks on polling places during upcoming elections; clan elders reach agreement on Hiraan-Middle Shabelle state formation; UN says four in ten Somalis lack access to adequate food.

Yemen: AQAP militants target security forces in Abyan; ISIS releases video showing attacks on security forces and officials in Aden; President Hadi relocates central bank to Aden and appoints new cabinet members; Hadi government and allied forces clash with al Houthi-Saleh forces in Sirwah district, eastern Ma’rib governorate.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab SVBIED kills SNA general in Mogadishu; al Shabaab militants temporarily seize El Wak town in Gedo region; suspected al Shabaab gunmen kill SNA officer and local elder in Mogadishu; Mogadishu mayor bans political protests as pre-election state formation talks crumble.

Yemen: Aden governor calls for southern Yemeni political council; al Houthi-Saleh forces seize positions in al Khoba district, Jazan region, southern Saudi Arabia; Hadi government and allied forces clash with al Houthi-Saleh forces in Kirsh district, Lahij governorate; al Houthi-Saleh delegation meets with U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs to review ceasefire proposal; Hadi government official outlines military plan to retake Sana’a.

Horn of Africa: SNA and AMISOM forces kill al Shabaab commander in Awdhegle town, Lower Shabelle region; Jubbaland security forces to expel wives of former al Shabaab militants; al Shabaab militants continue to operate in Marka town, Lower Shabelle region; AU Military Operations Coordination Committee discusses Somali election security.

Yemen: AQAP militants target security forces in Mudia district, Abyan, and al Ribat district, Lahij; Saudi ambassador to the UN urges Security Council to prevent Iran from arming al Houthi-Saleh forces; al Houthi-Saleh forces shell Hadi government and allied forces in Kirsh district, Lahij governorate; Hadi government forces advance in western Taiz governorate.

Horn of Africa: Ethiopian AMISOM forces vacate base in Moqokari district, Hiraan region; SNA and AMISOM forces drive al Shabaab from village near Hudur town, Bakool region; al Shabaab seizes base and conducts IED attack in Lower Shabelle region; suspected al Shabaab militants attempt to assassinate chief judge in Bardhere, Gedo region.

Yemen: Reported U.S. airstrike targets AQAP in Rada’a district, al Bayda governorate; AQAP militants attack security forces in al ‘Ayn city, Abyan governorate; Saudi-led coalition airstrikes target alleged al Houthi-Saleh missile factory in Sana’a city; Hadi government forces clash with al Houthi-Saleh forces in Kirsh district, Lahij governorate.

Horn of Africa: IGAD summit ends without progress; Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud to attend conference on Hiraan-Middle Shabelle state formation in Jowhar, Middle Shabelle region; al Shabaab militant kills his commander in El Garas village, Galgudud region.

Yemen: Saudi-led coalition airstrikes target al Houthi-Saleh leadership in Alab area, northern Sa’ada governorate; al Houthi-Saleh forces counterattack against Hadi government and allied forces in Sirwah district, Ma’rib governorate; Hadi government and allied troops protest payment delays; al Houthi-Saleh forces target Saudi border positions in Asir and Najran; three Qatari Soldiers die in Saudi-led coalition operations in Yemen.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab militants attack SNA positions near Afgoi, Lower Shabelle region; Mogadishu on lockdown for IGAD Summit; Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud extends amnesty offer to young al Shabaab militants.

Yemen: AQAP militants target Hadi government-allied forces in Abyan governorate; militants declare unconfirmed ISIS wilayat in al Mahrah governorate; President Hadi announces no concessions for the al Houthi-Saleh alliance; Hadi government forces deploy reinforcements and seize positions in al Bayda governorate; Saudi-led coalition airstrikes target al Houthi-Saleh positions in Sa’ada, Hajjah, and Sana’a governorates.

Horn of Africa: Female militants attack police station with petrol bomb in Mombasa, Kenya; Somali SOF kill al Shabaab commander in Qoryooley, Lower Shabelle region; al Shabaab claims attacks in Somalia and Kenya; AMISOM and SNA forces arrest al Shabaab explosives experts in Lower Jubba region; federal election talks break down.