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: Al Houthis and allied military forces fire Scud missile into Saudi Arabian territory as Saudi forces deploy to border

Horn of Africa: SNA forces seize village from al Shabaab in Gedo region; SNA and AMISOM forces fail to take towns from al Shabaab in Bay region

Yemen Security Brief

  • Yemeni military units allied with al Houthi forces fired a Scud ballistic missile on August 26 targeting an electricity station in the Saudi province of Jizan along the Yemeni-Saudi border. Saudi military forces reported they had intercepted the missile. This is the second ballistic missile fired from Yemen into Saudi Arabia in the past week. Saudi military forces reportedly arrived to the Saudi-Yemeni border in Jizan province and reportedly briefly made an incursion into Sa’ada province in northern Yemen.[1]

Horn of Africa Security Brief

  • Somali National Army (SNA) forces seized the village of Tula Barwako in Gedo region from al Shabaab militants on August 25. At least twelve al Shabaab militants were killed during the clashes.[2]
  • SNA and African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) forces clashed with al Shabaab militants on August 25 in multiple towns in central Bay region. SNA and Ethiopian AMISOM forces attacked the towns of Dhergo, Makon, and Manas, which are currently under the control of al Shabaab. SNA and AMISOM forces retreated after heavy fighting to Dinsor.[3]
[1] “Saudi military intercepts Scud missile fired by Yemeni forces,” Reuters, August 26, 2015. Available:
“Saudi forces intercept Scud missile fired by al Houthis in direction of Jizan,” al Masdar, August 26, 2015 [Arabic]. Available: 
[2] “12 al Shabaab militants killed in S. Somali,” Xinhuan, August 26, 2015. Available:
[3] “Somalia National Army and AMISOM attack al Shabaab in the Bay Region,” Radio Dalsan, August 26, 2015. Available:
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