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: Saudi soldiers killed by al Houthi shelling along border; gunmen storm office of ICRC in Aden

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab attacks two bases in south-central Somalia; SNA forces retake villages in Lower Shabelle

Yemen Security Brief

  • Three Saudi soldiers were killed between August 24 and August 25 from cross border shelling by the al Houthis along the Yemeni-Saudi border. There has been an escalation in violence along the border this week as a Saudi commander was killed on August 23 from al Houthi shelling.[1]
  • Unidentified gunmen stormed the office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Aden city, southern Yemen, on August 24. The gunmen held the staff at gunpoint and stole cars, money, and equipment.[2]

Horn of Africa Security Brief

  • Al Shabaab militants attacked a military base in Qodahley, near Garbaharey, in Gedo region, on August 24. The militants failed to storm the base, and Somali forces managed to kill several militants. Al Shabaab militants also attempted to storm a base near Burhakaba town on August 25. Somali forces repelled the attack and killed seven militants.[3]
  • The Somali National Army (SNA) retook the villages of Marerey, Sabiid, and Anoole in Lower Shabelle region from al Shabaab on August 24.[4]
[1] “Saudi soldiers killed in action against Yemen rebels,” Yahoo, August 25, 2015. Available:
“Soldiers from Saudi forces killed and others injured on border with Yemen,” al Masdar, August 25, 2015 [Arabic]. Available:
[2] “Gunmen storm ICRC office in Yemeni city of Aden,” Reuters, August 25, 2015. Available:
[3] “Seven al Shabaab killed in the latest clashes in Burhakaba,” Shabelle News, August 25, 2015. Available:
“Deadly battle leaves several militants dead in Somalia,” Shabelle News, August 24, 2015. Available:
[4] “Somalia army takes several villages invaded by al Shabaab,” Shabelle News, August 24, 2015. Available:
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