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Gulf of Aden Security Review - January 18, 2013

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gulf-of-adenYemen: Finnish and Austrian hostages moved to Ma’rib as kidnappers’ demands rise; increased security around French embassy in Sana’a; IED cleared in Taiz governorate; suspect in security official’s death arrested in Dhamar; 20 soldiers with links to AQAP to be tried in Yemen; Baoum convenes council in al Mukalla, Hadramawt; IED targets state employee in Yarim, Ibb; Hadi ends Central Bank strike with threatening letter

Horn of Africa: U.S. government recognizes the Somali government for the first time in over 20 years; Somali journalist shot and killed in Mogadishu; Somali police conduct searches in Dharkenley district and Yaqshid district of Mogadishu; al Shabaab kidnaps Quran teacher in Lower Jubba; protests erupt in Garissa, Kenya; Uganda sends 1,700 new troops to Somalia to cycle out old battle group; 200 Somali police officers leave for 3-month training course in Djibouti.

Yemen Security Review

Horn of Africa Security Review

 [1] “Abducted Finns, Austrian held by Qaeda-linked Yemen tribe,” AFP, January 18, 2013. Available: http://news.howzit.msn.com/article.aspx?cp-documentid=252996800

[2] “Yemen tightens security around French embassy,” Xinhua, January 18, 2013. Available: http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/756778.shtml

“Yemeni Interior announces increased security measures around the French embassy in Sana’a,” al Masdar Online, January 17, 2013 [Arabic]. Available: http://almasdaronline.com/article/40564

[3] “Taiz: IED planted in security pickup diffused,” al Gomhoriah, January 18, 2013 [Arabic]. Available: http://www.barakish.net/news.aspx?cat=12&sub=11&id=43141

[4] “Arrest of one of the accused in assassination of deputy director of security in Dhamar,” Barakish Net, January 18, 2013 [Arabic]. Available: http://www.barakish.net/news.aspx?cat=12&sub=12&id=43149

[5] Yahya al Sadmi, “Yemen: 20 soldiers on trial for belonging to al Qaeda, including three suicide bombers,” al Seyassah, January 18, 2013 [Arabic]. Available: http://www.al-seyassah.com/AtricleView/tabid/59/smid/438/ArticleID/226686/reftab/36/Default.aspx

[6] “Baoum: the choice of the southern revolution is liberation and independence,” Barakish Net, January 18, 2013 [Arabic]. Available: http://www.barakish.net/news.aspx?cat=12&sub=11&id=43134

[7] “Explosion of IED hear home of director of water and sanitation in Yarim without injuries,” 26 September, January 17, 2013 [Arabic]. Available: http://26sep.net/news_details.php?lang=arabic&sid=88147

[8] Motasem Abdusalam, “Presidential warning ends Yemen’s central bank strike,” Yemen Times, January 17, 2013. Available: http://www.yementimes.com/en/1643/news/1859/Presidential-warning-ends-Yemen%E2%80%99s-Central-Bank-strike.htm

[9] “US, Somalia Launch New Era of Diplomatic Ties,” AFP, January 17, 2013. Available: http://za.news.yahoo.com/us-somalia-launch-era-diplomatic-ties-193304743.html

“Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of President Hassan Sheikh Mhamud of Somalia to the White House,” Office of the Press Secretary, January 17, 2013. Available: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/01/17/statement-press-secretary-visit-president-hassan-sheikh-mohamud-somalia-

[10] “Gunmen Kill Shabelle Journalist in Mogadishu,” Shabelle, January 18, 2013. Available: http://shabelle.net/gunmen-kill-shabelle-journalist-in-mogadishu/

“AU Condemns Continuing Trend of Journalist Assassinations,” Bar Kulan, January 18, 2013. Available: http://www.bar-kulan.com/2013/01/18/au-condemns-continuing-trend-of-journalist-assassinations/

“British Ambassador to Somalia Condemns Murder of Shabelle Journalist,” Shabelle, January 18, 2013. Available: http://shabelle.net/british-ambassador-to-somalia-condemns-murder-of-shabelle-journalist/

[11] “Somali Security Forces Round Up More than 700 in Mogadishu,” Shabelle, January 17, 2013. Available: http://shabelle.net/somali-security-forces-round-up-more-than-700-in-mogadishu/

“Weapons Seized in Mogadishu Crackdown,” Bar Kulan, January 18, 2013. Available: http://www.bar-kulan.com/2013/01/18/weapons-seized-in-mogadishu-crackdown/

[12] “Quran Teacher Kidnapped in Lower Jubba,” Bar Kulan, January 18, 2013. Available: http://www.bar-kulan.com/2013/01/18/quran-teacher-kidnapped-in-lower-juba/

[13] “Protests in Garissa Over Rising Insecurity,” The Star, January 18, 2013. Available: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/article-103453/protests-garissa-over-rising-insecurity

[14] “More UPDF Soldiers Leave for Somalia,” New Vision, January 18, 2013. Available: http://www.newvision.co.ug/news/638987-more-updf-soldiers-leave-for-somalia.html

[15] “AMISOM to Train Somali Police in Djibouti,” AMISOM, January 17, 2013. Available: http://amisom-au.org/2013/01/amisom-to-train-somali-police-in-djibouti/ 

SOURCE: Critical Threats

The Critical Threats Project is an initiative of the American Enterprise Institute dedicated to tracking and analyzing key and emerging national security threats to the United States in order to inform the policy debate. Directed by AEI resident scholar Frederick W. Kagan, the project primarily focuses on the threats posed by Iran and al Qaeda and associated movements in Pakistan and the Gulf of Aden.

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