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 militants attack date factory in Hadramawt; Yemeni military clashes with al Houthis in Amran; Yemeni army bombs market in al Dhaleh; gunmen attack Yemeni Central Security forces in Lahij; assailants detonate explosive near Yemeni military base in Aden

Horn of Africa: al Shabaab militants ambush AMISOM and SNA forces in Bakool region; Somaliland security forces withdraw from disputed territory in Sool region

Yemen Security Brief

  • Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants attacked a date factory in Seiyun, Hadramawt on June 26, killing three workers and wounding six others.[1]
  • The Yemeni 310th Armored Brigade, supported by al Islah party tribesmen, clashed with al Houthi militants in the Mahshash and al Jannat Mountains in Amran on June 27.[2]
  • The Yemeni 33rd Armored Brigade bombed the entrance of a market in al Dhaleh on June 27.[3]
  • Unidentified gunmen clashed with Yemeni Central Security Forces in a market in al Hawtah, Lahij on June 27, killing one soldier and one civilian and wounding two others.[4]
  • Unidentified assailants detonated an unidentified explosive device near the 20th Yemeni military camp in Aden on June 27.[5]

Horn of Africa Security Brief

  • Al Shabaab militants ambushed AMISOM and Somali National Army (SNA) forces near Hudur, Bakool region on June 27. The ambush prompted heavy fighting between the two sides, resulting in an unspecified number of casualties.[6]
  • Somaliland security forces reportedly withdrew from the disputed town of Taleh, Sool region on June 26. The withdrawal came as Puntland continued to threaten a military response to Somaliland’s presence in the disputed territory and after international stakeholders called for dialogue between the two regional administrations.[7]

[1] “Three workers killed, including a woman, in attack on date factory in Seiyun,” Aden al Ghad, June 26, 2014 [Arabic]. Available:
[2] “Violent clashes erupt in Mashash Mountain and al Jannat Mountain near Amran city,” Barakish Net, June 27, 2014 [Arabic]. Available:
[3] “Army bombs market entrance in al Dhaleh city and casualties reported,” Yemenat Net, June 27, 2014 [Arabic]. Available:
[4] “Recently occurred: Killed and wounded in armed clashes between gunmen and Central Security Forces in a market in al Hawtah, Lahij,” Aden al Ghad, June 27, 2014 [Arabic]. Available:
[5] “Population: Violent explosion shakes military base for Yemeni Special Forces in old city,” Aden al Ghad, June 27, 2014 [Arabic]. Available:
[6] “Intense clashes erupt in Bakool,” Shabelle News, June 27, 2014. Available:
[7] “SOMALIA: Somaliland forces pull out from Talex as Puntland vows to recapture Sool region,” RBC Radio, June 26, 2014. Available:
“Somalia: ‘Puntland will respond to attack by Somaliland’-VP,” Garowe Online, June 26, 2014. Available:
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