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: Yemeni judges go on national strike; Yemeni security forces kill two AQAP members in raid; assailants blow up oil pipeline in Ma’rib

Horn of Africa: Djiboutian AMISOM and SNA forces conduct security operations in Hiraan region; SNA forces clash with al Shabaab in Lower Shabelle region

Yemen Security Brief

  • Yemeni Judge Club members began a national strike on March 26 in response to the kidnapping of Judge Mohammed al Sorori in Hajjah governorate on March 25. A spokesperson for the Club stated that they will not end the strike until Judge al Sorori is released and his kidnappers are brought to justice.[1]
  • Yemeni security forces killed two al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants during a house raid in the city of al Dhaleh in al Dhaleh governorate on March 28. In addition to the death of one Yemeni soldier, local officials report that they confiscated a sizeable number of weapons from the house.[2]
  • Unidentified assailants blew up an oil pipeline in Wadi Abeida in Ma’rib governorate on March 28. Yemeni security forces have launched an investigation into the attack.[3]

Horn of Africa Security Brief

  • Djiboutian AMISOM and Somali National Army (SNA) forces conducted security operations in the Aborey and Yasooman localities near Bulo-Burde in Hiraan region on March 27. The security sweeps came a day after al Shabaab attacked AMISOM and SNA military bases in Bulo-Burde. One suspected al Shabaab militant was arrested during the operations.[4]
  • SNA forces clashed with al Shabaab militants near Qoryoley in Lower Shabelle region on March 27. The fighting broke out after al Shabaab militants attacked a Somali police station near the town. Although the extent of casualties remains unclear, the fighting was reported to include heavy exchanges of gunfire.[5]

[1] “Yemen’s judges strike after kidnapping of Hajja justice,” Yemen Times, March 27, 2014. Available:
[2] “Three killed in raid on militants in south Yemen,” Reuters Canada, March 28, 2014. Available:
[3] “Urgent / blow up oil pipeline in Marib,” News Yemen, March 28, 2014 [Arabic]. Available:
[4] “SNA, AMISOM conduct security operation in Buulo-Burde suburbs,” Bar Kulan, March 28, 2014. Available:
“SNA and AMISOM launch security crackdown in some villages east of Buulo-Burde,” Goobjoog News, March 27, 2014. Available:
[5] “Clashes broke out last night in Qoryoley,” Shabelle News, March 28, 2104. Available:
“Fighting kicks off in Qoryoley’s outskirts,” Shabelle News, March 28, 2014. Available:
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