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: Al Houthi movement to allow Red Cross to visit Saudi prisoners; UAE withdraws troops and equipment from Taiz governorate

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab detonates IEDs targeting Ethiopian troops in Bay region; al Shabaab executes civilians in Mogadishu; AQAP official praises al Shabaab attack on US airbase

Yemen Security Brief

The al Houthi movement will honor a request by the International Committee of the Red Cross to visit Saudi prisoners in detention centers in Yemen. The al Houthi movement released prisoners, including three Saudi nationals, on September 30.[1]

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) withdrew numerous armored vehicles and personnel from Taiz governorate on October 16. This comes after the UAE withdrew 200 troops from Aden on October 8 as part of Saudi-led negotiations to end a standoff between the Transitional Political Council of the South (STC) and the government of President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi. The STC seized Aden, the de facto capital of Yemen, in August.[2]

Horn of Africa Security Brief

Al Shabaab detonated two roadside improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in two separate attacks targeting Ethiopian troops serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) outside of Baidoa town, in Somalia’s southwestern Bay region, on October 16. The explosions killed at least four Ethiopian soldiers.[3]

Al Shabaab executed three civilians and injured several others in an unspecified area of Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, on October 16.[4]

An al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) official, Ibrahim al Qosi alias Khubayb al Sudani, released an audio speech on October 16 praising al Shabaab’s attack on a US airbase in southern Somalia on September 30. Al Shabaab attempted to breach the base with suicide vehicle-borne IEDs but caused no casualties.[5]

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[1] “Houthi reveals a request regarding Saudi prisoners and talks about Yemeni prisoners with French citizenship,” Mareb Press, October 17, 2019,

[2] “The United Arab Emirates withdraws its troops from Taiz camps and Balhaf port in Shabwa,” Mareb Press, October 16, 2019,

[3] Abdirisak Tuuryare, “Four Dead As Blasts Hit AU Troops In Somalia,” Garowe, October 16, 2019,

[4] “Three people killed in Mogadishu,” Goobjoog, October 17, 2019,

[5] “AQAP Official Praises Shabaab for Baledogle Airfield Raid in Audio Speech Extolling Brotherhood in Islam,” SITE Intelligence Group, October 16, 2019, English translation available by subscription at

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