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: Unidentified militants attempt to assassinate military commander in southern Yemen; AQAP warns civilians against collaborating with security forces in southern Yemen

Somalia: SNA deploys additional forces in central Somalia

Yemen Security Brief:

Unidentified militants detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) targeting Support and Reinforcement Brigades commander Brigadier General Saleh al Sayyed north of Aden city, southern Yemen, on June 29.[i] The IED killed four people and wounded another twelve.[ii] The attack wounded Sayyed slightly.

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) issued a statement on June 26 warning tribespeople in Abyan governorate, southern Yemen, against cooperating with security forces.[iii] AQAP issued the statement after Yemeni government– and Southern Transitional Council–backed security forces formed a joint operations room for counter-AQAP operations in the governorate.[iv]

Somalia Security Brief:

The Somali National Army (SNA) deployed additional forces to Mataban, Beledweyne district, Hiraan region, central Somalia, on June 28, to support ongoing operations targeting al Shabaab.[v]  The additional forces will secure and demine the Beledweyne-Mataban road. Al Shabaab detonated an improvised explosive device targeting the Hiraan regional governor’s convoy traveling on the Beledweyne-Mataban road on June 27.[vi]

[i] SMA News, “A car bomb targeted the convoy of a security director for Lahij in front of Khormaksar Education in the capital, Aden,” June 29, 2022,

[ii] Hadramawt, “Civilian victims of the Khor Maksar bombing,” June 29, 2022,; SMA News, “Urgent: In an initial toll… 4 martyrs and 12 wounded in the terrorist bombing that targeted the convoy of a security director for Lahij in Khormaksar in the capital, Aden,” June 29, 2022,

[iii] Hadramawt, “Al Qaeda sends a threatening message to the tribes of Abyan,” June 28, 2022,

[iv] Christopher Muth and Max Ryabinin, “Gulf of Aden Security Review – June 24, 2022,” Critical Threats Project at the American Enterprise Institute,

[v] Caasimada, “Somali government sends more troops to Hiraan,” June 28, 2022,; Radio Risaala, “Somali government to send more troops to Hiraan region,” June 28, 2022,

[vi] Goobjoog News, “Four killed, three injured, including two journaluists as vehicle hits landmine in Mataban,” June 28, 2022,

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