Gulf of Aden Security Review

Contributors: 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: AQAP releases biography for slain fighter; AQAP militants kill Yemeni soldier in Hadramawt; suspected AQAP militants attack Yemeni military checkpoint in al Bayda; al Houthi rebels gain control of military checkpoint in Sana’a.

Horn of Africa: AMISOM conducts operations against al Shabaab in Gedo and Middle Jubba regions; AMISOM announces killing of two senior al Shabaab officials; al Shabaab militants attack Somali security forces in Mogadishu and Lower Jubba region; unidentified gunmen kill German tourist in Mombasa.

Yemen: AQAP militants assassinate Yemeni intelligence officer in Lahij; tensions escalate between al Houthi militants and al Islah Party tribesmen in Sana’a; Yemeni Oil Ministry engineers repair damaged oil pipeline in Ma’rib.

Horn of Africa: al Shabaab militants execute suspected spy in Bay region; Somali military court executes four alleged al Shabaab militants in Mogadishu; FBI announces arrest of three women for providing material support to al Shabaab.

Yemen: Yemeni security forces strengthen security measures around Western embassies and important government and military buildings in Yemen; Yemeni President Hadi visits Amran; tribesmen clash with Yemeni military in Ma’rib.

Horn of Africa: Kenyan Air Force jets conduct airstrike on al Shabaab base in Middle Jubba region; al Shabaab militants attack Somali security forces in Mogadishu and Lower Jubba region; unidentified gunmen kill prominent Somali parliamentarian in Mogadishu; senior al Shabaab official condemns Israeli action in Gaza.

Yemen: U.S. State Department issues travel warning for U.S. citizens in Yemen; Yemeni 9th Brigade arrives in Amran; al Houthi militants capture Yemeni soldiers in al Jawf; tribal sources report major al Houthi movement toward al Jawf; unidentified gunmen open fire in Lahij.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab militants attack SNA forces in Bay region; car bomb kills local government administrator in Mogadishu; Kenyan police conduct security operations in Kenya’s Coast Province; unidentified assailants attack Puntland military checkpoint in Mudug region.

Yemen: AQAP releases statement calling for Hadramawt citizens to adhere to Sharia law; anonymous Yemeni security source reports that Yemeni military campaign against AQAP continues in Abyan; 150 heavy transport vehicles arrive in Sa’ada to assist Yemeni 9th Brigade; al Houthis implicate Muslim Brotherhood in failed assassination plot in Sana’a; IEDs detonate in Dhamar; unidentified gunmen open fire on office of education and tribal sheikh in al Bayda; al Houthi militants clash with al Islah tribesmen in al Jawf; Yemeni Government confirms the death of Hamid al Qushaybi.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab claims responsibility for attack on bus in Kenya’s Coast Province; AMISOM and Somali security forces clash with al Shabaab militants in Bay, Bakool, and Lower Jubba regions; al Shabaab militant conducts SVEST attack targeting senior Jubbaland security officer in Lower Jubba region; unidentified gunmen kill four people in Kenya’s Coast Province; Kenyan police disrupt suspected terrorist cell in Nairobi.

Yemen: AQAP releases statements claiming credit for the July 4 Wadia border attack and condemning Israeli operations in the Gaza strip; suspected AQAP militants clash with Yemeni military in Shabwah; al Houthi leader calls for end to public corruption and reform in al Islah Party; unidentified gunmen kill two civilians in Aden.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab militants shell town in Hiraan region; car bomb kills Somali government official in Mogadishu; suspected al Shabaab militants target senior Interim Jubba Administration official in Lower Jubba region.

Yemen: suspected AQAP militant attack Yemeni security forces in al Bayda; al Houthi militants continue clashes with local tribesmen and Yemeni military in al Jawf; Yemeni security forces track team of assassins in Sana’a.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab militants attack SNA base in Middle Shabelle region; Somali security forces attack al Shabaab militants in Bay and Lower Jubba regions; IED blasts target SNA forces in Mogadishu and Lower Shabelle region; AMISOM and SNA forces intercept VBIED in Lower Shabelle region; Kenyan security forces raid camps of suspected assailants in Kenya’s Coast Province.

Yemen: suspected AQAP militants attack post office and detonate IED in Hadramawt; suspected AQAP militants capture Yemeni security force patrol in al Bayda; al Houthis clash with Yemeni military and local tribesmen in Sana’a.

Horn of Africa: AMISOM and Somali security forces foil suspected SVBIED attack on Aden Adde International Airport in Mogadishu; al Shabaab militants attack AMISOM and SNA forces in Lower Shabelle region; Djiboutian Foreign Minister announces plan to deploy additional battalion to Somalia under AMISOM.

Yemen: U.S. State Department designates AQAP member as SDGT; suspected AQAP militants detonated an IED in Hadramawt and clashed with the Yemeni military in Ma’rib; Yemeni security forces repel military protestors at Yemeni President’s residence and defuse IED in Sana’a; Yemeni soldiers clash with al Houthi militants in al Jawf; Yemeni soldiers from the 9th Brigade replace soldiers from the 310th Armored Brigade and the 6th Military Command in Amran.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab’s representative to Banadir region addresses Mogadishu operations; al Shabaab militants attack a Somali police station in Mogadishu; Somali military court executes two al Shabaab militants in Mogadishu; Somali security forces conduct operation in Bay region.

Yemen: AQAP releases statement criticizing recent Yemeni military campaigns; suspected AQAP militants wound civilian in Lahij and assassinate teacher in Hadramawt; Yemeni 4th Brigade redeploys to Lahij; Yemeni security sources arrest suspected AQAP cell in Lahij; Yemeni president sacks two Yemeni army commanders; al Houthis announce withdrawal from Amran in exchange for Yemeni military taking control of Amran and clash with al Islah tribesmen in Sana’a; IED detonates near al Houthi center in Sana’a; unidentified tribesmen bomb oil pipeline in Ma’rib; al Houthi militants launch an artillery attack in al Jawf.

Horn of Africa: Suspected al Shabaab militants kill Somali counterterrorism official in Mogadishu and SNA officer in Lower Shabelle region; al Shabaab executes two alleged Somali Federal Government spies in Lower Shabelle region; AMISOM and SNA forces seize territory from al Shabaab in Bay and Gedo regions; Kenyan intelligence report reveals identity of suspected al Shabaab commanders operating in Kenya’s Coast Province; Kenyan Defense Forces deploy additional troops along Kenyan-Somali border in North Eastern Province.