Gulf of Aden Security Review
A regularly updated review of both Yemen and the Horn of Africa covering topics related to security, governance, and militant activity.
Yemen: U.S. airstrike hits car carrying AQAP militants in Hadramawt; Ansar al Sharia detonates VBIED targeting al Houthis in Shabwah
Horn of Africa: Suspected al Shabaab pamphlets warn Mogadishu residents to avoid SIMAD University
Yemen Security Brief
- A suspected U.S. airstrike hit a car carrying al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants on August 12, killing five. The car was traveling on a road east of al Mukalla, Hadramawt, eastern Yemen, where AQAP has been governing in coordination with local tribes since April of this year.
- Ansar al Sharia militants detonated a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) targeting an al Houthi gathering in Ataq city, Shabwah, southern Yemen on August 12. The explosion reportedly killed dozens of al Houthis.
Horn of Africa Security Brief
- Al Shabaab has reportedly distributed flyers to Mogadishu residents warning them to stay away from the city’s SIMAD University on August 12, after residents reported hearing a blast near the university overnight. The group similarly released a statement following their July 26 attack on Mogadishu’s Jazeera Palace Hotel warning of future attacks on government instillations and buildings the group believes is holding government offices in the city.