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: U.S. airstrike kills four AQAP militants; southern popular resistance forces enter al Hawta city

Horn of Africa: Foreign nationals evacuated from Mogadishu hotels

Yemen Security Brief

  • A U.S. airstrike targeted and killed four suspected members of Ansar al Sharia, the militant wing of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), in al Mahfad, Abyan governorate on July 29. The airstrike is believed to have killed a mid-ranking local AQAP leader named Ahmed al Kazimi.[1]
  • Southern popular resistance fighters engaged the al Houthi movement in extended conflict for control of al Hawta, the capital city of Lahij,on July 30. The advancement into al Hawta comes after southern popular resistance forces took control of both the Sabr and al Waht areas near the city.[2]  

Horn of Africa Security Brief

  • Foreign citizens residing in Mogadishu hotels were evacuated and resettled in an African Union base in the city on July 29 due to concerns of future al Shabaab attacks. Al Shabaab spokesman Ali Dheere announced that the group would conduct more attacks on Mogadishu hotels they believe are housing government offices in his statement claiming the July 26 attack on the Jazeera Palace Hotel.[3]
[1] “Drone kills four suspected militants in Yemen: residents,” Reuters, July 30, 2015. Available:
[2] “Resistance enter the city of al Houtah,” Barakish, July 30, 2015. [Arabic] Available:
“Resistance takes control of Sabr and al Waht in Lahij,” al Masdr, July 26, 2015. [Arabic] Available:
[3] “Unanticipated evacuation of aliens from hotels in Mogadishu,” Radio Dalsan, July 29, 2015. Available:
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