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 Special Security Forces protest in military base in Sana’a; IED targets al Houthi patrol in al Bayda; Yemeni military bombs AQAP sites in al Bayda; unidentified assailants loot Yemeni bank vehicle in Hadramawt

Horn of Africa: Parliament asserts that the Somali Federal Government can resolve the ongoing political dispute internally amidst mounting pressure from the international community

Yemen Security Brief

  • A Yemeni Special Security battalion protested in their military base in Sana’a on November 20, calling for new salaries, the dismissal of Yemeni Special Security forces commander Mansour al Ghadra, and the return of the previous commander Major General Fadil al Qusa. Al Ghadra reportedly allowed al Houthi militants to intervene and push the protesting battalion out of the military base following the protests.[1]
  • Unidentified assailants detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) near an al Houthi patrol in Rada’a, al Bayda, 150 km southeast of Sana’a, on November 19, killing six al Houthi militants.[2]
  • Soldiers from the Yemeni 117th Mechanized Brigade attacked al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) sites in Mukayras, al Bayda, 150 km southeast of Sana’a on November 19. No casualties were reported.[3]
  • Unidentified assailants intercepted a Yemeni International Bank vehicle and stole $23,000 in al Mukalla, Hadramawt, 400 km east of Sana’a.[4]

Horn of Africa Security Brief

  • National Assembly speaker Mohammed Osman Jawari issued a statement on November 20 backing the Somali Federal Parliament’s capability to resolve the ongoing dispute between the Somali president and prime minister internally. The announcement came amidst rising pressure from the international community. UN Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman delivered remarks on November 19 at the high-level forum in Copenhagen urging the Somali Federal Government to end political divide that has similarly paralyzed the country in the past. [5] 

[1] “Urgent. Clashes erupt within Yemeni Special Security forces base in the capital Sana’a,” Barakish Net, November 20, 2014 [Arabic]. Available:
“Interior Ministry source tells al Masdar what happened within the leadership of the Yemeni Special Security forces,” al Masdar, November 20, 2014 [Arabic]. Available:
[2]  “Rada’a.. Six al Houthis killed and tribal militias committed to moving mediation efforts beyond bread,” Akhbar al Yom, November 19, 2014 [Arabic]. Available:
[3] “Military bombs al Qaeda sites in al Bayda,” Yemen Today, November 19, 2014 [Arabic]. Available:
[4] “Unidentified gunmen control Yemeni International Bank car, including its money for al Mukalla,” Barakish Net, November 20, 2014 [Arabic]. Available:
[5] “SOMALIA: Parliament Speaker says the House of the People has the capacity to resolve internal rift between President, PM,” RBC Radio, November 20, 2014. Available:
“Somalia cannot afford to repeat ‘apttern of division, paralysis’—UN political chief,” UN News Centre, November 19, 2014. Available:
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