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State Department designates founding member of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

6th January 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

State Department designates founding member of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

Thomas Joscelyn

The US State Department announced yesterday that Ibrahim al Banna, who has served as one of al Qaeda’s most senior security and intelligence officials in Yemen since the 1990s, has been designated as a terrorist. State’s Rewards for Justice program has offered a bounty of up to $5 million for information on al Banna’s whereabouts since 2014, but he wasn’t officially added to the US government’s terrorist designation list until this week. more...

Analysis & Commentary

4th April 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US military hits AQAP with more than 20 airstrikes

Bill Roggio

The US military has continued its increased targeting of al Qaeda’s network in Yemen, launching more that 20 airstrikes against the terrorist group over the weekend. The US has now launched more than 75 airstrikes in Yemen since the beginning of the year, already nearly double the yearly total since the drone program against al Qaeda in Yemen began in 2009. more...

14th March 2017 – Quoted by Nancy A. Youssef, Hayes Brown - BuzzFeed News

Iran Is The Reason Why The Trump White House Cares So Much About Yemen

Thomas Joscelyn

In the first eight weeks in office, the Trump administration has launched dozens of missiles into Yemen, found itself embroiled in controversy over a botched raid into the country, and sought to provide heavier firepower to the Saudi Arabian-led forces fighting there. The real reason for this new interest, experts say, is because of how the country figures into the White House’s plans to counter Iran’s influence. more...

11th March 2017 – Quoted by Jamie McIntyre - Washington Examiner

Is al Qaeda more dangerous than ISIS again?

Thomas Joscelyn

Under expanded authority granted by President Trump shortly after he took office, U.S. commanders have taken the gloves off in the fight against al Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula, a terrorist group known by its initials AQAP. more...

10th March 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Resolving the Conflict in Yemen: U.S. Interests, Risks, and Policy

Thomas Joscelyn

Senator Corker and other members of the committee, thank you for inviting me here today to discuss the ongoing war in Yemen. Unfortunately, I do not see a way that this conflict can be resolved any time soon. Yemen is rife with internal divisions, which are exacerbated by the proxy war being waged by several actors. more...