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: Security presence increases in Taiz city; Saudi border guards seize grenades on the Yemeni border; al Houthis execute spies in Sa’ada
Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab releases English-language recruitment tape; UN Secretary General urges troop surge in Somalia; Somali general announces upcoming offensive in Bay, Bakool, and Gedo regions; al Shabaab threw grenades into AMISOM bases in Lower Shabelle region; U.S. Marines train Ugandan troops for AMISOM
Yemen Security Brief
- Yemeni security forces deployed military vehicles to enforce a ban on civilians carrying weapons in Taiz city on October 17. Sources reported the increased security presence is a response to an attack by tribesmen on October 16.
- Saudi border guards seized three people smuggling weapons from Yemen into Saudi Arabia on October 17. The smugglers had thirty-five grenades and thirty-two grenade fuses.
- Al Houthis executed two people in Sabr, Sa’ada governorate on October 15. Al Houthis accused the victims of being Salafist spies.
Horn of Africa Security Brief
- Al Shabaab released a recruitment video starring an al Shabaab militant speaking English with a natural British accent. The al Shabaab member called for more Woolwich- and Boston-style attacks. The recruiter showcased terrorist attacks in the UK and asked listeners to follow those examples.
- UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged the international community to support a surge of 4,400 additional African troops for AMISOM operations in Somalia on October 16.
- A Somali National Army general announced on October 16 a large-scale upcoming offensive against al Shabaab bases in remote areas of Bay, Bakool, and Gedo regions.
- Al Shabaab militants threw grenades into AMISOM bases in Marka and Janale towns, Lower Shabelle region, on October 16. AMISOM did not release casualty figures from the attack.
- U.S. Marines concluded a 10-week training exercise with Uganda People’s Defense Forces in Kakola, Uganda. The troops will be deployed to Somalia under the AMISOM mandate.