Gulf of Aden Security Review

Contributors: Emily Estelle (current), Craig Hoaglin (current), Breuk Bass, Barr Benyamin, Remy Bourget, Sam Cleaves, Dylan Clement, Cody Curran, Ali Dahlin, Tessa Deardorff, Stephanie Fishman, Steve Gonzalez, Sasha Gordon, Michael Graziani, Chris Harnisch, Kerry Harris, 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, Steven Wachter, Gilad Wenig, and Katherine Zimmerman

Yemen: UAE sends Colombian mercenaries to Yemen; UN accuses al Houthis of obstructing aid delivery to Taiz; coalition-backed forces advance in al Misrakh as fighting continues in Taiz city; coalition-backed forces clash with al Houthi-Saleh militias in western Ma’rib governorate; clashes between popular resistance and al Houthi-Saleh forces continue in western al Dhaleh governorate.

Horn of Africa: IED blasts hit AMISOM convoy in Marko, Lower Shabelle region; SNA and AMISOM forces arrest over 300 al Shabaab suspects in Mogadishu, Banadir region; SNA forces arrest 20 al Shabaab suspects in Bulo-Burde, Hiraan region; al Shabaab militants clash with civilians in Mahas district, Hiraan region.

Yemen: al Houthi-Saleh forces destroy bridges before coalition-backed attack in al Rahidah, Taiz governorate; President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi visits al Anad airbase in Lahij governorate; popular resistance forces ambush al Houthi-Saleh reinforcements in Ibb governorate.

Horn of Africa: IED blast hits KDF vehicle near Hulugho, northeastern Kenya; Somali pirates hijack an Iranian fishing vessel off the coast of Eyl, Nugal region; al Shabaab clashes with civilians in Wargadude, Gedo region.

Yemen: al Houthi delegates arrive in Muscat, Oman; Saudi-led coalition and popular resistance forces near al Rahidah, Taiz governorate; UAE-trained Yemeni soldiers arrive in Aden; Saudis deny targeting civilians in airstrikes; gunmen rob International Bank of Yemen in Aden.

Horn of Africa: Reported U.S. airstrike kills a high-ranking al Shabaab leader in Balad Amin, Lower Shabelle Region; al Shabaab kills a pro-ISIS faction leader in Gududley, Middle Jubba region; Galmudug and Puntland forces clash in Galkayo, Mudug region; Ethiopian forces clash with Kenyan police near Sololo, northern Kenya; al Shabaab attacks Puntland military base near Bosaso, Bari region.

Yemen: ISIS Wilayat Hadramawt attacks a Yemeni Army checkpoint in Hadramawt governorate; popular resistance forces take control of Waziyah district in Taiz governorate; popular resistance forces repulse al Houthi attack.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab blockades Burdhubo, Gedo region; Somali and AMISOM police arrest al Shabaab suspects near Mogadishu, Banadir region; pro-ISIS militants reported to flee to Galgala hills, Bari region.

Yemen: Omani air force evacuates three Americans from Sana’a city; Iranian foreign minister supports Geneva peace talks; coalition-trained Yemeni Army forces arrive in Ma’rib governorate.

Horn of Africa: IED blast wounds government workers in Mogadishu, Banadir region; IED blast wounds soldiers in Afgoi, Lower Shabelle Region; Ethiopia requests ASWJ to join Galmudug State Administration.

Yemen: UN Special Envoy to Yemen arrives in Tehran; Bahraini troops arrive in Aden; ISIS videos target AQAP; clashes kill Ansar al Sharia leader in Dhubab, Taiz.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab militants attempt to infiltrate Kenyan military base in Garissa County, Kenya; KDF forces recover arms cache in Lamu County, Kenya; al Shabaab kills Puntland security officer in Galkayo, Mudug region, Somalia.

Yemen: President Hadi returns to Aden city; popular resistance forces advance in Taiz governorate; EU reaffirms support for Yemen. peace talks

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab attacks AMISOM forces in Moqokori, Hiraan region; KDF accused of launching airstrikes on civilians in Gedo region; Somali MPs vote for KDF forces to leave Somalia.

Yemen: Saudi-led coalition launches offensive on Taiz city; UN special envoy warns against al Houthi delay of negotiations; U.S. transfers five Yemeni Guantanamo inmates to UAE; Popular resistance forces and al Houthi-Saleh militias clash in Shabwah governorate.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab attacks IJA training base in Kismayo, Lower Jubba region; Al Shabaab arrests pro-ISIS recruiters in Buale, Middle Jubba region; Galmudug State forces retake Hanra and Qosol-Tire villages, Mudug region; Hiraan region security forces kill UN worker in Hawatako village, Hiraan region; al Shabaab publically executes cleric in central Somalia.

Yemen: ISIS Wilayat Sana’a detonates IED in mosque in Shibam, Mahwit governorate; Yemen at risk of locust swarm; al Houthis plant landmines in Taiz city.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab captures Fiidow town, Middle Shabelle region; al Shabaab ambushes AMISOM convoy between Golweyne and Bula-Marer, Lower Shabelle region; IJA soldiers kill civilian in Kismayo, Lower Jubba region.

Yemen: UK foreign secretary calls for investigations into Saudi airstrikes in Yemen; Emirati reinforcements arrive in Aden; AQAP releases two videos detailing combat with al Houthis.

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab attempts to assassinate South West State president near Mogadishu, Banadir region; al Shabaab infighting occurs in Sakow, Middle Jubba region; SNA officials claim executed soldiers displayed by al Shabaab were defectors; al Shabaab kills SNA official in Mogadishu; NGO releases report accusing KDF forces of involvement in illegal sugar smuggling operations in Kismayo.