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: Airstrike kills two suspected AQAP fighters in Hadramawt; tribesmen attack oil pipeline in Hadramawt; al Houthi rebels escalate fight with in Amran; gunmen attack a government compound in Shabwah
Horn of Africa: Ten militiamen defect to Jubbaland security force in Kismayo; gunmen shoot dead former Turkish aid worker; Puntland elects new president
Yemen Security Brief
- A suspected U.S. airstrike killed two alleged al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants on January 8. The strike targeted a vehicle traveling in al Qatan area in Hadramawt governorate.
- Tribesmen in Hadramawt governorate blew up portions of a pipeline carrying oil from the Masila field on January 7. The attack occurred in the Wadi Urf area. The pipeline had already been damaged in a January 6 attack in the Sah area. The pipeline attacks were in response to fighting between tribesmen and Yemeni soldiers that killed a young tribesman on January 4.
- Al Houthi rebels fought with members of the Hashid tribe in Amran governorate in northern Yemen for a third straight day. The clashes began on January 6 when al Houthi fighters attacked Hashid villages in retaliation for the Hashid’s support for Salafist groups battling the al Houthis in Dammaj in Sa’ada governorate.
- Gunmen attacked a government compound in Ataq, the capital of Shabwah governorate early the morning of January 8. They fired rocket-propelled grenades at a building and fled after guards engaged them.
Horn of Africa Security Brief
- Ten militiamen who had been fighting under Colonel Barre Hirale in Kismayo in Lower Jubba region left his forces and appeared at a ceremony at Kismayo’s airport with Jubbaland Vice President General Abdullahi Sheikh Ismail Fartag, Interior Minister General Mohamed Farah Warsame Darwish and Kenyan AMISOM officials.
- Gunmen killed Halima Ahmed, a former employee for Turkish aid agencies in Mogadishu, on January 8 in Bakara Market. The attack occurred the day after a large demonstration in support of Turkish assistance for the reconstruction of Mogadishu.
- Puntland, Somalia’s semi-autonomous region to the north, has a new president-elect. Economist Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gaas won the third-round run-off elections with 33 to incumbent President Abdirahman Sheikh Mohamed Farole’s 32 votes. Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud congratulated Gaas on his victory.