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: AQAP asks for help from Ma’rib tribes, promises retaliation for airstrike; International Red Cross says Yemen removed most landmines from 1980s

Horn of Africa: Mogadishu fighting kills 20 after rebels attack TFG positions; U.S. Sen. Feingold demands end to Somali aid over TFG enlistment of child soldiers; Ethiopia agrees to ceasefire with ONLF rebels; Ahlu Sunna wa al Jama’a leader accuses TFG of failing to uphold deal; Himan and Heeb administration executes man in Galgudud

Yemen Security Brief

  • AQAP issued a communiqué calling on tribes in Ma’rib province to join an insurgency against the government and urged them not to turn in al Qaeda operatives. The statement also promised retaliation for a botched airstrike last month that killed a provincial official.[1]
  • Yemen has successfully removed about 80 percent of the landmines planted throughout the country in the 1980s according to an International Red Cross official.[2]

Horn of Africa Security Brief

  • Fighting between TFG forces and Islamist militants killed at least 20 people throughout Mogadishu Friday after the rebels attacked government positions.[3]
  • U.S. Senator Russ Feingold denounced the TFG for its use of child soldiers and demanded that the American government cut aid to the Somali government until it addresses the issue.[4]
  • The Ethiopian government and ONLF rebels agreed to a ceasefire following direct talks between the two parties.[5]
  • An Ahlu Sunna wa al Jama’a leader accused the TFG of failing to honor a power-sharing agreement between them. Sheikh Omar Abdulkadir said his group submitted names for government posts, but the TFG has acted slowly in making those appointments.[6]
  • The Himan and Heeb administration executed a man in Adado in Galgudud region for the murder of another man.[7]

[1] “AQAP Urges Defiance in Face of Wadi Obeida Strikes,” SITE Intel Group, June 18, 2010.
[2] “Yemen Removes 80 Per Cent of Landmines- ICRC,” Yemen Post, June 17, 2010.  Available:
[3] “20 people killed in latest Mogadishu clashes,” Garowe, June 18, 2010. Available:
[4] “Somalia: U.S. Military Aid Denounced,” New York Times, June 17, 2010. Available:
[5] “Ethiopian Government and the ONLF in Peace Talks,” Raxanreeb, June 18, 2010. Available:
[6] “Somalia: Senior Islamist Accuses Somali Govt of Breaking Deal,” Daily Nation, June 17, 2010. Available:
[7] “Himan & Heeb administration executes a man in central town,” Mareeg, June 17, 2010. Available: 
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