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 Houthis close second largest port in Yemen; AQAP detonates VBIED targeting soldiers in Sayun; al Houthis take over state-owned newspaper in Yemen.

Horn of Africa: Somalia announces new prime minister; Kenyan security forces arrested al Shabaab militants in Kenya’s Eastern Province; Kenyan authorities place bounty on al Shabaab suspects.

Yemen: Al Houthi leader demands al Houthis be put in charge of targeting corruption; AQAP detonate two VBIEDs in al Bayda targeting al Houthis; al Houthis occupy Ministry of Defense in Sana’a.

Horn of Africa: Suspected al Shabaab militants detonate IED targeting a Somali military convoy in Lower Shabelle region; Kenyan authorities shut downs NGOs with links to al Shabaab; Somali National Army (SNA) forces seize territory from regional militants in Galgudud region.

Yemen: Al Houthis seize Arhab district in greater Sana’a; Yemeni security kills 3 suspected AQAP militants attempting to cross border into Saudi Arabia; Anar al Sharia assassinates GPC leader in Ma’rib; al Houthis for al Hudaydah governor to resign.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab militants ambush SNA and AMISOM military base in Lower Shabelle region; al Shabaab beheads victims in Hiraan and Bay regions; Somali security forces arrest al Shabaab militants in Mogadishu and Middle Shabelle region.

Yemen: AQAP attacks military checkpoint in central Ma’rib; Ansar al Sharia attacks al Houthis in northeastern Rada’a.

Horn of Africa: Puntland security forces drive over a roadside IED planted by suspected al Shabaab militants in Bari region; suspected MRC separatists assassinate a Kenyan policeman in Kenya’s Coast Province.

Yemen: AQAP blames U.S. for death of American hostage Luke Somers; Ansar al Sharia attempts attack on U.S. forces stationed at al Anad Airbase in Lahij.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab militants executed two police officers in Bakool region; Somali security officials announce that Somali National Army (SNA) and AMISOM forces will resume Operation Indian Ocean; more than 50 civilians died after drinking contaminated water in Mogadishu.

Yemen: Ansar al Sharia attacks al Houthi militants in Rada’a, central Yemen; IED detonates at al Houthi house in Dhamar.

Horn of Africa: Somalia announces the capture of senior al Shabaab operative; unidentified gunmen assassinate university director in Mogadishu; Jubbaland security forces arrest 13 suspected al Shabaab militants in Lower Jubba region.

Yemen: Ansar al Sharia detonates two SVBIEDs and one IED targeting security forces in Hadramawt; AQAP answers questions from western journalists and condemns beheading civilians.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab militants seize territory in Gedo region; Somali National Army (SNA) and AMISOM forces seize new localities from al Shabaab in Gedo region; Somali security forces target al Shabaab militants with security operation in Bay region.

Yemen: U.S. attempts raid to free American journalist Luke Somers in Shabwah; five IEDs target al Houthis in capital Sana’a; Southern Movement gunmen kidnap five soldiers in al Dhaleh.

Horn of Africa: Suspected al Shabaab militants detonate explosives at restaurant in Bay region; Somali Prime Minister resigns after vote of no confidence; al Shabaab gunmen assassinate official in Bay region.

Yemen: Ansar al Sharia robs military convoy in Ma’rib; Ansar al Sharia targets al Houthis in al Bayda; unidentified militants sabotage oil pipeline in Shabwah.

Horn of Africa: Kenyan warplane crashes in Lower Jubba region; Al Shabaab releases video of a raid in Bay region and issues statements claiming attacks in Lower Jubba region and Mogadishu.

Yemen: AQAP threatens to execute American hostage; AQAP executes Yemeni hostage and dumps body in Hadramawt; Al Houthis send fighters to Taiz.

Horn of Africa: Suspected al Shabaab militants assassinate former Somali member of parliament; Suspected al Shabaab militants conduct grenade attack in Kenya’s North Eastern Province; al Shabaab claims responsibility for targeted killings in Mogadishu and Kenya’s North Eastern Province.