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: GPC threatens to charge President Hadi with treason; unidentified assailants attack military airport in Sana’a; unidentified airstrike kills AQAP militants in Abyan

Horn of Africa: Somalia security forces arrest al Shabaab militants after security operation in Mogadishu; Kenyan Defense Forces conduct security operations in Kenya’s Rift Valley Province; unidentified gunmen target education officials in Kenya’s Eastern Province

Yemen Security Brief

  • President Hadi’s party, the General People’s Congress (GPC), stated on November 6 that they will vote on November 8 to dismiss President Hadi from the party and to charge President Hadi with treason. The GPC, which is also the party of former President Saleh, believe President Hadi has lost control of Yemen. The GPC also called for November 7 protests throughout Yemen, claiming that outside parties are interfering in Yemen’s internal affairs.[1]
  • Unidentified assailants launched mortars at the Sana’a International Airport on November 5. Al Houthi guards briefly fought with the attackers shortly thereafter. No casualties were reported in the incident.[2]
  • An airstrike targeted al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants traveling in a car in Abyan, 450 km southeast of Sana’a, on November 6, killing two militants. Separately, AQAP confirmed on November 5 the deaths of leaders Shawki al Badani and Nabil al Dahab in an alleged U.S. drone strike on November 4.[3]

Horn of Africa Security Brief

  • Somalia security forces reportedly arrested 22 al Shabaab militants during a security operation in Mogadishu on November 5. During the operations the security forces detained 60 additional suspects and claim to have accidently killed an innocent Muslim cleric.[4]
  • Kenyan Defense Forces conducted a security operation in Kapedo in Kenya’s Eastern Province, killing six militiamen and confiscating eight guns on November 6. The militiamen were suspected of carrying out the November 1 attack that killed 22 people.[5]
  • Unidentified gunmen attacked the vehicle of Kenyan education officials in Losesia in Kenya’s Eastern Province on November 6, 2014. The officials escaped without injury.[6]

[1] “In favor of the party calling for demonstrations in Yemen on Friday,” Aden al Ghad, November 6, 2014 [Arabic]. Available:
“Hadi became the head of embassies and not a president and will be charged with treason,” Yemen al Aan, November 6, 2014. Available:
Adam Baron, “Yemen’s political transition at risk of collapse,” European Council on Foreign Relations, November 6, 2014. Available:
[2] “Mortar attack hits Yemen military airport,” al Jazeera, November 5, 2014. Available:
“Explosion followed by fighting in front of Sana’a International Airport,” al Masdar, November 5, 2014 [Arabic]. Available:
[3] “The killing of two al Qaeda members in a US raid in a town in south Yemen,” al Masdar, November 6, 2014 [Arabic]. Available:
“Two killed in a drone raid in Abyan,” Barakish, November 6, 2014 [Arabic]. Available:
“Al Qaeda confirms the killing of al Qaeda leaders Shawki al Badani and Nabil al Dahab,” al Masdar, November 5, 2014 [Arabic]. Available:
[4] “Somalia: Nat’l Intelligence seizes terror suspects, weapons cache in security sweep,” Garowe Online, November 5, 2014. Available:
“SOMALIA: Security forces shot and kill a civilian in Mogadishu during an overnight operation,” RBC Radio, November 6, 2014. Available:
[5] Mathews Ndanyi, “KDF recover three more guns in the ongoing security operation in Kapedo,” the Star, November 6, 2014. Available:
[6] Ali Abdi, “Bandits attack education officials in Isiolo,” Standard Digital, November 6, 2014. Available:
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