Gulf of Aden Security Review

Contributors: Sam Cleaves (current), 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: Al Houthi rebels fight with Yemeni soldiers in Sana’a; 111th Brigade initiate strike in Abyan; al Houthi leader meets with UN Special Envoy in Sa’ada; UN evacuates staff to Aden.

Horn of Africa: Suspected al Shabaab militants assassinate local government official in Kenya’s Northeastern Province; Somali Prime Minister lauds success of program that offers amnesty for al Shabaab defectors.

Yemen: UN special envoy to Yemen travels to Sa’ada to meet with al Houthi leader; Al Houthi militants continue clashes with Yemeni military in al Jawf and Sana’a; suspected AQAP gunmen attack a bank in Hadramawt; UN condemns al Houthi armed actions.

Horn of Africa: Ugandan security forces dismantle VBIED in Kampala, Uganda; the government of Finland accuses four suspects of financing and recruiting for the al Shabaab militant group.

Yemen: AQAP releases joint statement with AQIM; Al Houthi militants attack Yemeni military and al Islah party tribesmen in al Jawf; Yemeni Air Force strikes al Houthi militants in Ma’rib.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab spokesman denies that Ugandan authorities disrupted the militant group’s terror cell in Kampala, Uganda; Somali security forces disarm roadside IED near a police station in Jowhar, Middle Shabelle region; AMISOM and Somali National Army forces conduct security operation in Mogadishu.

Yemen: al Houthi movement announces suspension of negotiations in Sa’ada; President Hadi issues statement regarding foreign intervention in Yemen; Yemeni military fights with al Houthi militants in Ma’rib; suspected al Houthi militants sabotage electrical lines in al Jawf.

Horn of Africa: Ugandan security forces disrupt suspected al Shabaab terror cell in Kampala, Uganda; al Shabaab militants assassinate a senior Somali security official in Mogadishu; AMISOM forces seize villages from al Shabaab in Lower Jubba, Hiraan, and Galgudud regions; Jubbaland security forces capture two al Shabaab suspects in Kismayo, Lower Jubba region; Kenyan security forces kill suspected al Shabaab militant in Mombasa, Kenya.

Yemen: AQAP militants assassinate Yemeni security officers in Lahij; Yemeni president sends delegation to Sa’ada.

Horn of Africa: Kenyan and U.S. officials warn of al Shabaab threat on anniversary of Westgate Mall attack.

Yemen: Al Houthi officials deny agreement with Yemeni government; airstrike targets AQAP militants in Shabwah; AQAP militants detonate IEDs near al Houthi marches in Amran; Yemeni Air Force bombs al Houthis in Marib and Amran; al Islah party tribesmen kill al Houthi leader in al Jawf.

Horn of Africa: Somali security forces disrupt two suspected al Shabaab militants preparing roadside IED in Lower Jubba region; rival clans clash in Kenyan’s North Eastern Province.

Yemen: Al Houthis fight with Yemeni military near government installations; Yemeni Air Force bombs several al Houthi sites in al Jawf; Ansar al Sharia targets senior police officer in Lahij.

Horn of Africa: al Shabaab senior official threatens retaliatory attacks in the U.S. and East Africa; Somali Police chief claims capture of fifty members of al Shabaab’s intelligence wing; Somali security forces conduct security operations in Banadir, Middle Shabelle, and Lower Shabelle regions.

Yemen: Yemeni security forces open fire on al Houthi protesters in Sana’a; Ansar al Sharia detonates SVBIED targeting Yemeni military; AQAP congratulates AQ leader on the formation of AQIS; AQAP militants attack al Houthis in al Bayda; Yemeni Air Force bombs al Houthis in Amran.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab pledges allegiance to its new leader in statement; al Shabaab claims responsibility for SVBIED in Lower Shabelle region; an unspecified explosive detonates in Mogadishu.

Yemen: AQAP expresses condolences for death of al Shabaab leader; U.S. sends counter-terrorism advisor to Yemen; Security forces use tear gas and water cannons on al Houthi protestors; Yemeni Air Force carries out airstrikes on al Houthis in al Jawf; Yemen appoints new head of Special Security Forces.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab appoints new leader; suspected al Shabaab detonate SVBIED near AMISOM convoy; AMISOM and Somali National Army forces seize villages from al Shabaab militants in Galgudud and Bakool regions; Somali National Security forces shut down two Mogadishu radio stations.

Yemen: AQAP's leader calls for fighters to tolerate different views to build up popular support; AQAP attacks al Houthi shopping center; Yemeni military bombs AQAP bases in Abyan; pro-government and al Houthi protestors demonstrate throughout Yemen; Southern Freedom Brigades release statement claiming credit for operation in Hadramawt.

Horn of Africa: U.S. Department of Defense announces al Shabaab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane died in a September 1 U.S. military operation in Somalia; AMISOM and Somali National Army forces raid al Shabaab camp in Galgudud region.