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Over the Heads of the Saudis

24th April 2015 – NOW News

Over the Heads of the Saudis

Tony Badran

“Iran is part of the problem in Yemen, not part of the solution,” said Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi ambassador to the United States on Wednesday. The statement was an indirect rebuke of President Obama, who in an interview the day before had said that his administration had "indicated to the Iranians that they need to be part of the solution, and not part of the problem.” more...

Analysis & Commentary

20th May 2016 – The Long War Journal

Treasury sanctions al Qaeda, Islamic State ‘financiers and facilitators’

Thomas Joscelyn

The US Treasury Department announced terror designations for six jihadists yesterday. Five of them allegedly serve al Qaeda’s international organization, while the sixth is a key figure in the Islamic State’s operations in Libya and the Sinai. more...

10th May 2016 – The Long War Journal

US launched 4 airstrikes against AQAP at end of April

Bill Roggio

The US military announced that it launched four separate airstrikes against al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen in three different provinces over the span of a week at the end of April. The airstrikes coincided with the US-backed United Arab Emirates offensive against al Qaeda in southern Yemen. more...

3rd May 2016 – Quoted by Elisabeth Kendall - The Washington Post

How can al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula be defeated?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) went “on the run” 10 days ago as UAE-supported military forces closed in on the city of Mukalla, AQAP’s de facto capital in eastern Yemen. Saudi state media celebrated a mass annihilation of fleeing AQAP fighters. more...

1st May 2016 – The Long War Journal

AQAP says it withdrew from Mukalla to protect residents

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has published a two-page statement online confirming the group’s withdrawal from the Yemeni port city of Mukalla that occurred one week ago. AQAP members and supporters have discussed the retreat on social media in the days since, but the organization did not officially comment until its statement yesterday. more...