Gulf of Aden Security Review

Contributors: Ali Dahlin (current); James Miller (current), Breuk Bass, Barr Benyamin, Remy Bourget, Dylan Clement, Cody Curran, 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: Ansar al Sharia threatens to harm Yemeni tribesmen who join Popular Committees; Yemeni officials foil prison break attempt in al Bayda governorate; AQAP militants seize trucks with weapons in Ma’rib governorate; unidentified gunmen kill two Yemeni officers in Sana’a capital; unidentified gunmen kill deputy security chief in Ma’rib governorate.

Horn of Africa: al Shabaab militants kill Somali MP in Mogadishu; al Shabaab seizes military base in Bay region; unidentified assailants kill civilians and SNA soldiers in Bay and Lower Shabelle regions; al Shabaab increases tax on residents and businesses in Galgudud region.

Yemen: Airstrike kills at least ten suspected AQAP militants in al Bayda; Yemeni security forces arrest suspected AQAP militants in Shabwah; two airstrikes target AQAP positions in al Mahfad, Abyan; gunmen target two intelligence officers in Sana’a.

Horn of Africa: Car bomb kills parliamentarian, seriously injures another in Mogadishu; al Shabaab video warns of plans for another Westgate attack; Somali warlord opposes Interim Jubbaland Administration; Somaliland troops reportedly surrender to Puntland government.

Yemen: Yemeni Foreign Minister announces goals for upcoming Friends of Yemen meeting.

Horn of Africa: al Shabaab militants ambush an AMISOM and SNA convoy in Bay region; Somali military and police forces clash in Middle Shabelle region.

Yemen: unidentified gunmen kidnap Yemeni soldier in Shabwah governorate.

Horn of Africa: IED attached to solar-powered streetlight detonates in Mogadishu; unidentified assailants attack security checkpoint in Kenya’s North Eastern Province; Somaliland forces withdraw from disputed town in Sool region; additional Ugandan forces deploy to Mogadishu.

Yemen: Yemeni Ministry of Interior issues decree to combat arms proliferation; AQAP video features Nasser al Wahayshi and Sana’a prison escapees; New Zealand official identifies U.S. drone strike victims in Yemen.

Horn of Africa: Ugandan court alleges two UPDF officers trained al Shabaab militants in Mogadishu; Puntland government threatens firm response after Somaliland forces seize disputed town; unidentified gunmen kill two JIA officials in Lower Jubba region.

Yemen: AQAP militants clash with Yemeni anti-smuggling forces in Aden; AQAP posts biography of deceased Saudi preacher to Twitter; Constitution Drafting Committee sets date for new constitution; Yemeni forces diffuse IED in al Dhaleh; suspected AQAP militants assassinate deputy director of al Bayda; al Houthis clash with other tribes in Ibb; 37th Armored Brigade colonel survives assassination attempt in Hadramawt.

Horn of Africa: al Shabaab militants attack AMISOM military base in Lower Shabelle region; unidentified gunmen kill JIA official in Lower Jubba region; al Shabaab spokesman condemns Kenyan security crackdown on ethnic Somalis.

Yemen: AQAP releases audio chant on Twitter; AQAP creates new Twitter account; suspected AQAP militants kill two and wound five Yemeni soldiers in al Bayda; gunmen kill one and wound three Yemeni soldiers in Hadramawt; suspected AQAP members kill security guard in Sana’a; gunmen kill security officer in Lahij; gunmen kill Saudi border guard near Hajjah and Sa’ada.

Horn of Africa: AMISOM and SNA forces clash with al Shabaab militants in Bakool region; unidentified gunmen kill Somali security officers in Mogadishu; al Shabaab militants ambush vehicle in Hiraan region.

Yemen: Popular Committees threaten to end cooperation with Yemeni military in Abyan; al Houthis attack Yemeni checkpoint in Amran.

Horn of Africa: unidentified assailants attack Turkish Embassy in Mogadishu; AMISOM and SNA forces clash with al Shabaab militants in Galgudud region; Kenyan AMISOM forces recover kidnapped individuals in Lower Jubba region.

Yemen: unidentified gunmen kill Saudi border guards near Sa’ada governorate; AQAP publishes Abdullah Bawazir biography; al Houthis clash with Yemeni security forces in Amran; IED injures civilians in Lahij; Yemeni officers survive assassination attempt in Lahij.

Horn of Africa: roadside IED targets AMISOM convoy in Lower Jubba region; AMISOM and SNA forces conduct security operation in Galgudud region.

Yemen: Tribal mediators broker al Houthi truce in Dhamar; AQAP releases video; Yemeni and U.S. military officials meet at Pentagon; unidentified gunmen kill Yemeni soldier in Hadramawt; unidentified gunmen kill citizen in Sana’a.

Horn of Africa: al Shabaab militants attack AMISOM and SNA forces in Galgudud region; car bomb kills district official in Mogadishu; SNA factions clash in Middle Shabelle region.