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: ISIS Wilayat Hadramawt attacks military site in eastern Yemen near Saudi border; unidentified militants bomb Aden governor’s office

Horn of Africa: Vice president of ASWJ-proclaimed state avoids arrest in Galgudud

Yemen Security Brief

  • Islamic State in Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) Wilayat Hadramawt militants raided the Hazir barracks in Thamoud, Hadramawt, near the Saudi Arabian border, on August 20. The attack killed four Yemeni soldiers. The attack is the farthest east in Yemen an ISIS Wilayat has claimed an attack.[1]
  • Unidentified militants detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) at the office of the governor of Aden in Aden, southern Yemen, on August 20.  The blast killed four people.[2]

Horn of Africa Security Brief

  • Police from the Somali government-backed central Galmudug state attempted to arrest the Ahlu Sunna wa al Jama’a (ASWJ) vice president of the region in Adado, Galgudud region, on August 20. The police accused Vice President Abdullahi Hersi Diirshe of stalling talks between the ASWJ and the Somali government. ASWJ claimed control of Galmudug’s capital, Dhusamareb, in June.[3]
[1] “Deadly blast, Islamic State raid hit Yemen’s government,” Reuters, August 20, 2015. Available:
ISIS Wilayat Hadramawt via Twitter, August 20, 2015.
[2] “Deaths and injuries in bomb attack at office of Aden governor,” Barakish, August 20, 2015 [Arabic]. Available:
[3] “Vice President of Ahlu Sunna escapes from detention”, Mareeg, August 20, 2015. Available:
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