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-led coalition forces conduct tactical operations and airstrikes near the Saudi-Yemeni border

Horn of Africa: SNA and AMISOM forces clash with al Shabaab in Bakool region

Yemen Security Brief

  • Saudi troops stationed near the Saudi-Yemeni border began conducting “tactical operations” in the Yemeni province of Sa’ada on August 27. These operations include the seizure of potential missile deployment sites.  Airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition also intensified on August 27, targeting al Houthi and allied Yemeni military forces as they moved toward the Saudi-Yemeni border with heavy weaponry.[1]

Horn of Africa Security Brief

  • Somali National Army (SNA) and Africa Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) forces clashed with al Shabaab militants in Hudur, Bakool region, on August 28. The clashes broke out after al Shabaab militants attacked a military base in Hudur. The clashes resulted in ten militant deaths.[2]
[1] “Tactical operations by the Saudi military in Sa’ada” [Arabic], Barakish, August 27, 2015. Available:
“The coalition intensifies raids on Sa’ada and targets the al Houthi military column on the way to locations on the border” [Arabic], Al Masdar, August 27, 2015. Available:
[2] “Ten al Shabaab fighters died in deadly battle in Hudur,” Shabelle News, August 28, 2015. Available:
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