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: Saudi Arabia-led coalition aims to install Hadi government in Aden; southern popular resistance forces make gains north of Aden

Horn of Africa: High-Level Partnership Forum calls for collaboration in fight against al Shabaab

Yemen Security Brief

  • Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri, spokesman for the Saudi Arabia-led coalition, stated that the aim of the Arab coalition will be to reinstate the government of President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi in Aden, followed by engaging the al Houthi movement in peace talks to reinstate the Hadi government in Sana’a. Asseri also stated that if the al Houthi movement refuses to negotiate, coalition troops will retake Sana’a by force.[1]
  • Southern popular resistance forces have made minor territorial gains to the north of Aden, retaking al Basatayn, Ja’wala, Qariat al Falahi to the north of Aden as well as Mathalath al Alm, near the eastern entrance of Aden, on July 30.[2]

Horn of Africa Security Brief

  • A communique released from the High-Level Partnership Forum, which was held in Mogadishu from July 29-30, called for more collaboration between the Somali National Army and the African Union Mission in Somalia in order to eliminate al Shabaab from the country. The communique also acknowledged the importance stabilizing areas recovered from the group.[3]
[1] “Arab-led bloc: First aim is to restore Yemeni government in Aden, Sanaa later,” Reuters, July 31, 2015. Available:
[2] “Yemeni forces seize Houthi positions on Aden outskirts: local officials,” Reuters, July 31, 2015. Available:
[3] “Communique High-Level Partnership Forum Mogadishu,” Somaliweyn, July 31, 2015. Available:
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