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.
- Yemen has successfully removed about 80 percent of the landmines planted throughout the country in the 1980s according to an International Red Cross official.
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.
- 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.
- The Ethiopian government and ONLF rebels agreed to a ceasefire following direct talks between the two parties.
- 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.
- The Himan and Heeb administration executed a man in Adado in Galgudud region for the murder of another man.