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: Islamic State in Yemen claims responsibility for SVBIED attack in Aden; AQAP storms base of UAE-backed forces in Abyan governorate; al Houthi movement claims to have fired new ballistic missile at Saudi Arabia

Horn of Africa: Military court in Puntland sentences Islamic State militant to death

Yemen Security Brief:

The Islamic State in Yemen claimed responsibility for an August 1 suicide attack on a police station in Aden port city in southern Yemen. The attackers used multiple suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (SVBIEDs) to attack a police station in Aden’s Omar al Mokhtar neighborhood, killing 11 people and injuring 29 others. The Islamic State in Yemen said that the attack was part of the Islamic State’s “Battle of Attrition” and claimed that the attack targeted UAE-backed al Hizam Security Forces.[1]

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) stormed an al Hizam base in al Mahfad district in Abyan governorate in southern Yemen on August 2. The militants killed at least 19 soldiers and remained in the base for several hours before UAE-backed Yemeni forces and Saudi-led coalition aircraft forced the militants to flee.[2]

The al Houthi movement claimed on August 2 that it had used a new third-generation medium-range “Borkan” ballistic missile in an attack on Saudi Arabia the day prior. The al Houthi movement claimed on August 1 that it had fired an undisclosed missile at a military base near al Dammam city in eastern Saudi Arabia. The missile attack is unconfirmed.[3]

Horn of Africa Security Brief:

A military court sentenced an Islamic State in Somalia militant to death in Puntland, a semi-autonomous region in northern Somalia, on August 1. The court found the militant guilty of killing five people in Boosaaso, a port city and Puntland’s commercial capital, as well as in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, in 2018 and 2019.[4]

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[1] “Resuming its Battle of Attrition, IS claims suicide bombing on SBF in Yemen,” SITE Intelligence Group, August 2, 2019, English translation available by subscription at; and “Gulf of Aden Security Review – August 1, 2019,” Critical Threats Project at the American Enterprise Institute, August 1, 2019,

[2] “Al Qaeda launches deadly attack on army base in southern Yemen,” Al Jazeera, August 2, 2019,; Elisabeth Kendall, Twitter, August 2, 2019,; “Regaining control of the al Muhafad center in Abyan hours after al Qaeda took control and bombing of a security belt camp,” Al Mashhad al Yemeni, August 2, 2019,; “Al Mufid – Details of a fierce battle with al Qaeda in southern Yemen with the participation of the Apache,” News Yemen, August 2, 2019,; and “Breaking: The al Hizam forces stormed the al Hizam camp and cleared the terrorist elements,” Aden Lang, August 2, 2019,

[3] “The missile power is unveiling the third generation of the long-range ballistic "volcano" system,” al Masirah, August 2, 2019,; “Brigadier Saree reveals the details of the volcano 3 and Al-Jalala and Dammam,” August 2, 2019,; and “Gulf of Aden Security Review – August 1, 2019,” Critical Threats Project at the American Enterprise Institute, August 1, 2019,

[4] Harun Maruf, Twitter, August 1, 2019,

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