Gulf of Aden Security Review

Contributors: Jonathan Diamond (current), Daniel Heesemann (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, 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: Clashes continue between pro-Hadi forces and suspected AQAP militants in Aden; ISIS Wilayat Hadramawt claims attack on military vehicle in al Qatn, Hadramawt; Vice President Bahah says pro-government forces are close to Sana’a.

Horn of Africa: AMISOM claims al Shabaab possesses AMISOM uniforms; SNA troops skirmish with Interim Southwest Administration militia in Bardhere, Gedo region, Somalia; suspected al Shabaab members behead cleric in Buulobarde, Hiiraan region, Somalia.

Yemen: Pro-Hadi security forces clash with suspected AQAP militants in al Mansoura district, Aden; rival AQAP factions clash over leadership succession in Zinjibar, Abyan; Saudi-led coalition spokesman briefs U.S. policy experts on campaign in Yemen.

Horn of Africa: Suspected al Shabaab land mine targets Jubbaland police in Kismayo, Somalia; KDF warplanes attack al Shabaab positions nea Berhani, Somalia; Kenyan police reservists demand better weapons to fight al Shabaab in Lamu County, Kenya.

Yemen: AQAP captures the towns of Shaqra and Ahwar in Abyan governorate; AQAP eulogizes Jalal al Bal’idi al Marqishi; al Houthi-Saleh cross-border fire kills two in Saudi Arabia.

Horn of Africa: Investigators identify accomplices in Daallo Airlines bombing in Mogadishu; AMISOM and SNA troops retake Marka, Lower Shabelle region; car bomb injures Gedo deputy governor in Bardhere, Gedo region; militants kill intelligence official in Wadajir district, Mogadishu.

Yemen: AQAP takes control of al Mahfid, Abyan; AQAP consolidates control in Zinjibar, Abyan; ISIS Wilayat Hadramawt releases propaganda video.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab captures Merca, Lower Shabelle region; suspected al Shabaab car bombs target airport official and NISA senior officer in Mogadishu; IED targets AMISOM convoy near Jowhar, Lower Shabelle region; Jubbaland state president announces joint SNA-AMISOM offensive.

Yemen: Reported U.S. airstrike kills Ansar al Sharia leader in Abyan; reported U.S. airstrike kills six AQAP militants in Shabwah; suicide bomber targets Lahij security chief in Aden.

Horn of Africa: SNA troops raid al Shabaab-held Mahaday village in Middle Shabelle, Somalia; KDF forces redeploy to Gedo region, Somalia; al Shabaab is primary suspect in Mogadishu plane explosion.

Yemen: Suspected AQAP militants enter Habban in central Shabwah; popular resistance forces kill three AQAP militants at checkpoint in Abyan; UK MPs call for halt to Saudi arms sales.

Horn of Africa: Suspected al Shabaab car bomb targets aid worker in Mogadishu, Somalia; Kenyan police arrest five al Shabaab recruiters in Nairobi, Kenya; circulation of al Shabaab attack media banned in Mandera County, Kenya.

Yemen: AQAP stones man to death for adultery in al Mukalla; al Houthi Republican Guard detachment defects to popular resistance in Nihm, Sana’a; pro-Hadi forces besiege al Houthi-Saleh FOB northeast of Sana’a; coalition-backed forces deploy reinforcements to northwestern Hajjah governorate.

Horn of Africa: Small explosion occurs aboard passenger plane in Mogadishu, Somalia; residents in Lamu County, Kenya protest recent al Shabaab attacks; Kenya receives Chinese APCs for counterterror operations; Kenya detains WFP supply trucks in Mandera County, Kenya.

Yemen: AQAP seizes Azzan in Shabwah governorate; ISIS SVBIED kills two at security checkpoint in Aden; militants kill prominent Salafi cleric in Aden; coalition announces inquiry into civilian casualties claims.

Horn of Africa: al Shabaab executes three civilians in Lamu County, Kenya; suspected al Shabaab militants launch mortar attacks in Mogadishu; suspected al Shabaab militants attempt to assassinate court official in Bardhere; AMISOM and SNA forces arrest 50 for alleged al Shabaab ties in Jowhar town, Middle Shabelle region, Somalia; SNA repulses al Shabaab attack in Qoryooley, Lower Shabelle region, Somalia; internationally backed de-radicalization center to be built in Kismayo, Somalia.

Yemen: Saudi forces clash with al Houthi-Saleh forces in Jazan, Saudi Arabia; Yemeni VIP guards graduate in UAE; UN FAO reports that over half of Yemen’s population is food insecure.

Horn of Africa: Four women arraigned on terrorism charges in Nairobi, Kenya; Ethiopian AMISOM troops conduct clearing operations near El Bur, Galgaduud, Somalia; KDF deploys bomb detection team to Lamu County, Kenya; Kenyan youth radicalization amnesty program implemented; NISA forces arrest five al Shabaab militants and kill one in El Asha Biyaha, Upper Jubba region, Somalia.

Yemen: ISIS Wilayat Aden-Abyan detonates SVBIED near presidential palace in Aden; Taiz kidnappers release Al Jazeera team; Ansar al Sharia claims attacks on al Houthis in al Bayda, Ibb, and Taiz; resistance leader mobilizes forces from Aden to Taiz; Hadi’s National Security chief resigns.

Horn of Africa: AMISOM and SNA troops attack al Shabaab roadblock in Galgaduud region, Somalia; Mogadishu residents demonstrate against al Shabaab near Liido Beach, Somalia; al Shabaab releases recruitment video; AMISOM trains Somali Police Force recruits in Bay region, Somalia.