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: AQAP temporarily seizes neighborhood in Aden city; U.S. airstrike kills three AQAP militants in Ma’rib; U.A.E. forces free British hostage
Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab detonates VBIED at military camp in Kismayo; VBIED near restaurant kills five in Mogadishu
Yemen Security Brief
- Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants attempted to seize control of a military base and the presidential palace in Aden city, southern Yemen, on August 22 before withdrawing on August 23. Security officials reported on August 22 that AQAP fighters took control of Tawahi district and Crater district in Aden and started patrolling the streets. One senior anonymous military official confirmed the entrance of AQAP into the city. It is unclear why the militants withdrew on August 23.
- A suspected U.S. airstrike killed three AQAP militants riding in a vehicle in the desert region of Harib, Ma’rib on August 21. The strike is the second suspected U.S. airstrike targeting AQAP in Yemen in the month of August.
- Forces from the United Arab Emirates freed British hostage Robert Semple from AQAP militants on August 23. It is unclear where the operation took place, although residents in Ma’rib reported the arrival of forces to the governorate. Semple was kidnapped in February 2014.
Horn of Africa Security Brief
- Al Shabaab militants detonated a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) targeting a military camp in Kismayo, southern Somalia, on August 22, killing an estimated 20 soldiers. Al Shabaab later claimed responsibility for the bombing.
- Suspected al Shabaab militants detonated a VBIED near a restaurant in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, on August 22, killing five civilians. Al Shabaab has not claimed the attack as of yet.