Gulf of Aden Security Review - October 15, 2015



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Gulf of Aden Security Review - October 15, 2015

Yemen: Suspected AQAP militants attack Yemeni military headquarters in Sayun, Hadramawt governorate; al Houthis launch Scud missile toward Saudi Arabia; Saudi-led coalition launches airstrikes in central and northern Yemen; UN Deputy Secretary General expects peace talks by end of October

Yemen Security Brief
  • Suspected al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants attacked the Yemeni Army’s First Military District headquarters in Sayun, Hadramawt governorate, eastern Yemen on October 14. AQAP controls Hadramawt’s capital al Mukalla, a port city approximately 200 kilometers south of Sayun. The militants reportedly detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) near the base, killing twelve Yemeni military personnel. The militants also exchanged gunfire with Yemeni soldiers.[1]
  • Al Houthi forces fired a Scud ballistic missile from the presidential compound in Sana’a on October 15. Al Masirah television, which is aligned with the al Houthis, claimed that the missile struck King Khaled airbase near Khamees Mushait city in southwestern Saudi Arabia. Eyewitnesses reported that the missile either exploded or was shot down above al Hudaydah governorate. The Saudi government has not responded to the incident. The al Houthis have launched at least four Scud missiles at Saudi Arabia since the conflict began, at least two of which have been intercepted by Saudi air defenses.[2]
  • The Saudi-led coalition bombed a military base in Sana’a after al Houthi forces fired the ballistic missile from the capital city on October 15. The coalition also targeted a gathering of al Houthi supporters in al Sha’ir, Ibb governorate in central Yemen. On October 14, the coalition bombed al Houthi military equipment in al Bayda governorate, central Yemen, as well as pro-al Houthi military sites and vehicles in Sa’ada governorate near the Saudi-Yemeni border.[3]
  • UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson said that he expects peace talks to commence by the end of October, following meetings with representatives from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Iran. He cautioned that the “deep mistrust” between the Gulf states and Iran threatens to derail negotiations
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