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: Hadi government officially announces the liberation of Aden; former President Ali Abdullah Saleh calls for a cessation to the fighting in Yemen

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab leader releases Eid al Fitr statement; al Shabaab seizes Lower Shabelle base

Yemen Security Brief

  • Vice President Khaled Bahah officially declared Aden as being liberated after southern popular resistance forces retook the Tawahi district of Aden City on July 17, the last al Houthi position in the city. Southern popular resistance fighters, with the assistance of the Saudi Arabian military, executed Operation Golden Arrow on July 14 with the objective of liberating the city of Aden.[1]   
  • Former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, whose forces support the al Houthi movement, has called for a cessation in conflict throughout Yemen. Saleh’s statement comes at the beginning of the period of Eid al Fitr, the conclusion of the Islamic Holy month of Ramadan, throughout Yemen.[2]

Horn of Africa Security Brief

  • Al Shabaab’s media arm Al Kataib released an Eid al Fitr statement by the group’s leader Abu Ubeydah Ahmad Omar. The statement, which is in English, praises Muslims for completing Ramadan fasting and the Sheikh Aby Zubeyr battalion for their recent operations and also calls for the group to renew its presence in Kenya.[3]
  • Al Shabaab militants have reportedly seized a Somali military base in Golweyn, Lower Shabelle region. The group has gained control of at least eleven bases in the region since July 2.[4]
[1] “Exiled Yemen VP says Aden ‘liberated’,” al Arabiya, July 17, 2015. Available:
“Vice President announces liberation of Aden after the retaking of Tawahi,” al Masdar, July 17, 2015. [Arabic] Available:
[2] “Former President Saleh calls for cessation of fighting in conjunction with Eid al Fatr,” Yemen Now, July 17, 2015. [Arabic] Available:
[3] “And the Honourable Journey Continues,” al Kataib Media, July 17, 2015. Link available upon request.
[4] “Al Shabaab takes Golweyn base,” Jamal Hadji Nur, Twitter, July 17, 2015. Available:


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