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: The Yemeni Army arrests an AQAP commander in eastern Yemen; the Biden administration conditions resumed offensive weapons sales to Saudi Arabia on support for Yemen ceasefire
Somalia: NISA thwarts attacks in Mogadishu
Yemen Security Brief:
Yemeni Army troops wounded and captured an al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula commander during a targeted operation in Hadramawt governorate, eastern Yemen, on July 12.[i]
International media reported on July 11 that the Biden administration is considering lifting a ban on offensive weapons sales to Saudi Arabia.[ii] Unnamed officials in the administration indicated the decision would be contingent upon Saudi support for a permanent ceasefire in Yemen.
Somalia Security Brief:
National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) forces claimed to thwart al Shabaab attacks in Kahda and Heliwa districts, Mogadishu, on July 12.[iii] NISA officials claimed to receive a tip off from locals.
[i] Al Omana, “Hadramawt security arrests a prominent leader in al Qaeda,” July 12, 2022, https://al-omana.net/m/details.php?id=180175.
[ii] Reuters, “Exclusive: U.S. weighs resumption of offensive arms sales to Saudis, sources say,” July 11, 2022, https://www.reuters.com/world/us/exclusive-us-weighs-possible-resumption-offensive-arms-sales-saudis-sources-2022-07-11/.
[iii] SONNA, “NISA forces conducted security operation in Mogadishu,” July 12, 2022, https://sonna.so/en/2022/07/12/nisa-forces-conducted-security-operation-in-mogadishu/.