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: UN-led talks to find political solution for Yemen’s government break down; Ansar al Sharia clashes with military in Shabwah; Ansar al Sharia clashes with military in Hadramawt

Horn of Africa: Cleric killed by unknown gunmen in Baidoa, Bay region; IED attack on Puntland official in Mudug region

Yemen Security Brief

  • UN-brokered talks to solve Yemen’s current political crisis broke down on January 2 as al Houthis rejected a proposal to have parliament vote on President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s resignation and multiple political parties withdrew from talks. It is unclear if talks will resume before an al Houthi-imposed deadline of February 4 for talks to end.[1]
  • Ansar al Sharia attacked a military barrack in Azzan, Shabwah, southern Yemen on February 3. One soldier died in the attack. Militants clashed with security forces following the attack.[2]
  • Ansar al Sharia targeted a military encampment in al Qatan, Hadramawt with three improvised explosive devices (IEDs) on February 2. Ansar al Sharia militants proceeded to attack the camp following the detonation of the explosives.[3]

Horn of Africa Security Brief

  • Unidentified gunmen killed a cleric aligned with Ahlu Sunna wa al Jama’a inside a mosque in Baidoa, Bay region on February 2. A spokesman for Ahlu Sunna wa al Jama’a claimed that the unknown gunmen were al Shabaab members and called for vengeance.[4]
  • Unidentified militants detonated an IED targeting a Puntland official in Galkayo, Mudug region, on January 3. The official escaped unharmed.[5]

[1] “Yemen’s main parties suspend talks with al Houthi rebels,” Yemen Fox, February 3, 2015. Available:
“Nasserite Party official: I will not go back to negotiations with al Houthis,” al Khabar al Yom, February 3, 2015 [Arabic]. Available:
“JMP and Nasserite party withdraw from talks,” al Khabar al Yom, February 3, 2015 [Arabic]. Available:
[2]“Violent clashes between the military and Ansar al Sharia in Azzan, Shabwah,” Barakish, February 3, 2015 [Arabic]. Available:
[3] “Violent explosions rock the city Qatan in Hadramawt,” al Masdar, February 2, 2015 [Arabic]. Available:
[4] “Somalia: Second cleric killed in Baidoa in two weeks,” Garowe Online, January 3. Available:
[5] “Somalia: Puntland official survives bomb attack,” Garowe Online, January 3. Available:
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