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: Al Houthi spokesman makes anti-Saudi remarks; pro-Hadi delegate refuses unity government; pro-Hadi forces take control of Safar al Hania in northern al Jawf; pro-Hadi forces clash with al Houthi-Saleh fighters in Nihm outside Sana’a.

Horn of Africa: President Obama pledges support to President Kenyatta over refugee camp closures; al Shabaab conducts grenade attacks in Mogadishu and in Marka, Lower Shabelle region; Puntland administrators clamp down on media in wake of former mayor’s putsch.

Yemen: Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula presence visible in Jaar and Zinjibar, Abyan governorate; Al Houthi fighters destroy home of alleged AQAP militant and kill seven others in al Nadirah, Ibb governorate; UN-led peace talks in Kuwait remain deadlocked; Yemeni minister meets with World Bank representatives.

Horn of Africa: Kenyan citizens claim KDF airstrikes killed three children; Ugandan People's Defense Force announces plan to withdraw from Somalia by December 2017; Kenya increases border security in response to credible al Shabaab threat; Former Puntland mayor launches putsch for control of autonomous state; Turkey and Qatar announce aid to Hiraan region; suspected al Shabaab militants launch mortars at AMISOM base in Halgan, Hiraan region.

Yemen: AQAP frees prisoners in Jaar, Abyan governorate; UN Special Envoy to Yemen proposes new roadmap; al Houthi-Saleh forces shell Kirsh in northern Lahij near al Anad air base; al Hizam security forces dismantle qat markets in Aden; clashes continue in Taiz.

Horn of Africa: Kenya launches airstrikes against al Shabaab positions in Elwak, Gedo region; al Shabaab assassinates senior intelligence official in Jowhar, Middle Shabelle region; SNA forces clash with one another in Beled Hawo, Gedo region; former Somali minister announces his bid for the presidency.

Yemen: Al Houthi fighters take control of Jales Mountain near al Anad air base; Saudi Arabia intercepts an al Houthi ballistic missile from Sana’a; Ban Ki-moon will meet with Saudi Minister of Defense Muhammad bin Salman; U.S. Secretary of State calls Kuwaiti Foreign Minister to discuss Yemeni peace talks.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab fighters target emergency response vehicles in Kenya; al Shabaab conducts IED attack on AMISOM vehicle in Barawe, Lower Shabelle; suspected al Shabaab fighters launch grenade attack in Marka, Lower Shabelle; al Shabaab apprehends humanitarian convoy in Hudur, Bakool region.

Yemen: Al Houthi fighters release prisoners as part of larger prisoner swap; UN Special Envoy to Yemen prepares to brief Security Council; member of Yemeni government delegation states talks need “a miracle” to succeed; U.S. extends special forces’ deployment in Yemen; popular resistance fighters ambush al Houthi vehicles in al Sawma’a.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab acknowledges death of Garissa University mastermind Dulyadeyn; al Shabaab ambushes Kenyan police in Mandera County; al Shabaab ambushes AMISOM convoy in Barawe, Lower Shabelle region; suspected al Shabaab militants launch mortars at AMISOM base near Marka, Lower Shabelle region; al Shabaab militants clash with KDF troops near Hosingow, Lower Shabelle region; NISA operatives capture five alleged al Shabaab militants in the Heliwa district of Mogadishu.

Yemen: Yemeni prime minister says government will remain in Aden until Sana’a is liberated; UAE foreign minister retracts statement that UAE combat role in Yemen nearly finished; U.S. House of Representatives votes down ban on cluster munitions to Saudi Arabia; President Obama to meet with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince

Horn of Africa: Suspected al Shabaab militants kill four in IED blast in Golweyn, Lower Shabelle region; Ethiopian AMISOM forces prepare for military operations in Hiraan Region; UN report suggests up to 5,000 child soldiers fighting in Somalia

Yemen: Emirati foreign minister says UAE’s combat role in Yemen nearly finished; Yemeni prime minister seeks political unity in Aden; al Houthis advance in Taiz; popular resistance clashes with al Houthis in Hajjah and Ibb governorates.

Horn of Africa: Somali Federal Parliament amends two articles of provisional constitution; UN approves Kenya’s plan to close Dadaab refugee camp; SNA and AMISOM launch clearing operation near Hudur, Bakool region.

Yemen: Yemeni delegation members accuse al Houthis of delaying an agreement and purging Ministries of Interior and Defense; Aden officials deploy special forces before Southern Movement protest; gunman shoots anti-AQAP imam in Ja’ar, Abyan; Kuwait delegations discuss security committees; al Houthis donate large sum towards medical college in Sana’a; Saudi-led coalition airstrikes target al Houthi positions in al Maslub, Jawf governorate.

Horn of Africa: Likely al Shabaab militants assassinate senior intelligence official in Mogadishu; al Shabaab fires mortars into Mogadishu; UN approves Turkish plan for military base in Somalia; AMISOM and SNA forces conduct demining operation near Marka, Lower Shabelle region.

Yemen: Al Houthi delegation to reject any plan that does not meet demands; Ould Cheikh Ahmed condemns illegal arrests; al Houthi and government forces clash in al Dhaleh governorate; al Houthi and government forces clash in al Dhabab, Taiz city; Yemeni army continues search for downed Emirati helicopter in Aden; al Houthi militias rob civilians in Amran.

Horn of Africa: AMISOM forces mistakenly kill civilians following IED attack; al Shabaab occupies the town of El Ali, Hiraan region; UNHCR asks Kenyatta to extend Dadaab closure deadline.

Yemen: UN Special Envoy outlines three phases for political solution; two reported U.S. air strikes target AQAP in Ma’rib and Shabwah; coalition helicopter crashes in Aden and Emirati helicopter crashes in international waters; al Houthi delegation meets with U.S. Ambassador to Yemen in Kuwait; Adeni security services continue to deport northerners.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab claims to recover fallen UAV in Lower Shabelle region; al Shabaab executes four for alleged spying in Bay Region; IED detonates at Somali-Kenyan border; airstrikes target al Shabaab training camp in Bari region; Ethiopian and Eritrean forces exchange artillery fire in border region.