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: Ansar al Sharia states their attacks target al Houthis; AQAP militants attack Zaydi cleric’s house in al Bayda; U.S. State Department reduces staff working in embassy in Sana’a; unidentified forces hack Ansar Allah’s website; IMF issues statement regarding Yemeni economy

Horn of Africa: Unidentified gunmen assassinate village chief in Hiraan region; Somaliland forces and Puntland forces clash in Sanaag region

Yemen Security Brief

  • Ansar al Sharia confirmed on September 25 that leader Adel Hardabah was killed in an airstrike in Nisab, Shabwah on September 25. Ansar al Sharia also denied they killed 15 civilians in Hijaj, al Dhaleh on September 24, stating they only targeted those working with al Houthis. Separately, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) leader, Adel Ahmed al Misuda, died in a car crash in Abyan on September 26.[1]
  • AQAP militants attacked the house of an al Houthi Zaydi cleric in Rada’a, al Badya on September 25. Fighting between AQAP militants and al Houthi popular committee militias followed the attack. No casualties have been reported. [2]
  • The U.S. State Department reduced the number of staff working in the U.S. embassy in Sana’a and issued a travel warning to U.S. citizens living and traveling in Yemen on September 25.[3]
  • Unidentified forces hacked Ansar Allah’s website on September 25 and published photographs of al Houthi militants in the act of looting homes in Sana’a. Separately, al Houthi gunmen stormed multiple mosques throughout Sana’a on September 26. Thousands of al Houthi supporters also gathered on Airport Road in Sana’a on September 26 to celebrate recent victories.[4]
  • The International Monetary Fund (IMF) stated that delaying cuts to Yemen’s energy subsidy program will risk destabilizing the economy.[5]

Horn of Africa Security Brief

  • Two unidentified gunmen shot and killed a local village chief, Maallim Aden Mohamed Aden, in Beledweynene, Hiraan region on September 26 before fleeing the scene. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.[6]
  • Somaliland forces conducted an assault on Badhan in Saneeg region in northern Somalia that was repelled by Puntland troops after heavy confrontations on September 24. The extent of the casualties remains unknown.[7]

[1] Pro Ansar al Sharia Twitter account
“Interior says that “leadership” in al-Qaeda was killed in a traffic accident Abyan and delivered his body to his family for burial,” al Masdar, September 26, 2014 [Arabic]. Available:
[2] “Clashes between the Houthis and al Qaeda in Radaa,” Yemen Today, September 25, 2014 [Arabic]. Available:
[3] “Yemen Travel Warning,” U.S. State Department, September 25, 2014. Available:
[4] “Hackers penetrate the site ‘Ansar Allah,’” Barakish, September 25, 2014 [Arabic]. Available:
“Hadi for the Houthis: the fight against corruption is not looted homes,” Aden al Ghad, September 26, 2014 [Arabic]. Available:
“Houthi gunmen storm mosques in the capital Sanaa and impose preachers and imams force,” al Masdar, September 26, 2014 [Arabic]. Available:
“Tens of thousands of Houthis and their allies are demonstrating in Sana’a,” Aden al Ghad, September 26, 2014 [Arabic]. Available:
[5] “Yemen will destabilize economy if it delays reforms – IMF,” Reuters, September 25, 2014. Available:
[6] “Gunmen shot deadformer Buq-soor village chief in Beledweyne,” Bar Kulan, September 26, 2014. Available:
[7] “SOMALIA: Somaliland forces attack Badhan amid town council members were preparing for elections,” RBC Radio, September 26, 2014. Available:
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