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: Abdul Malik al Houthi delivers televised speech discrediting Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi and other anti-al Houthi elements; Ansar al Sharia militants attack military patrol in Lahij; suspected Ansar al Sharia militants assassinate security officer in Aden

Horn of Africa: Gunmen attack government official’s house in Bari region

Yemen Security Brief

  • Al Houthi leader Abdul Malik al Houthi accused Yemeni President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi of being a puppet for U.S. and Saudi interests in Yemen in a televised speech on February 26. He also accused elements in Shabwah and Ma’rib of being allied with al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).[1]
  • Ansar al Sharia militants attacked a military patrol in al Hawta city, Lahij on February 26. The militants killed four soldiers, and claimed credit for the attack on Twitter.[2]
  • Suspected Ansar al Sharia militants assassinated a security officer in Aden city, Aden on February 26. The militants were riding a motorcycle, which is consistent with past Ansar al Sharia assassinations in the region.[3]

Horn of Africa Security Brief

  • Unidentified gunmen attacked the Bari region governor’s house in Boosaaso, Bari region on February 26. No group has claimed credit for the attack. Al Shabaab has carried out attacks against government officials in Boosaaso in the past.[4]

[1] “Yemen: Houthis hit back over Aden embassy move,” al Shar al Wsat, February 27, 2015. Available:
“Excerpts from al Houthi leader’s speech,” al Tagheer, February 27, 2015 [Arabic]. Available:
[2] “Gunmen attack military vehicle killing four in Lahij,” al Masdar, February 26, 2015 [Arabic]. Available:
“Al Qaeda claims responsibility for attack in south Yemen that killed four soldiers,” al Masdar, February 26, 2015 [Arabic]. Available:
AQAP-affiliated Twitter Account
[3] “Two unidentified gunmen assassinate security officer in Aden,” al Masdar, February 26, 2015 [Arabic]. Available:
[4] “Somalia: Gunmen attack Bari Governor residence,” Garowe Online, February 26. Available:
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