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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

8th February 2017 – Quoted by Alex Lockie - Business Insider

White House: Yemen raid a ‘huge success,’ anyone who suggests otherwise owes an apology

Bill Roggio

White House spokesman Sean Spicer again defended President Donald Trump's first significant military action, a raid on Al Qaeda forces in Yemen that resulted in the deaths of a Navy SEAL, an eight-year-old girl, 14 al Qaeda militants, and about 30 other civilians. more...

7th February 2017 – Quoted by David E. Sanger, Eric Schmitt - The New York Times

Yemen Withdraws Permission for U.S. Antiterror Ground Missions

Angry at the civilian casualties incurred last month in the first commando raid authorized by President Trump, Yemen has withdrawn permission for the United States to run Special Operations ground missions against suspected terrorist groups in the country, according to American officials. more...

4th February 2017 – Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

Al-Qaida Leader Calls For Revenge After Trump’s Raid In Yemen

Bill Roggio

The leader of al-Qaida’s Yemen branch swore revenge after a U.S. raid on a compound killed several terrorists and some civilians. more...

3rd February 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda criticizes American raid in Yemen

Thomas Joscelyn

Earlier today, Al Qaeda’s propaganda arm released a statement condemning the recent American counterterrorism operation in Yemen. US Central Command (CENTCOM) has confirmed that “civilian non-combatants were likely killed in the midst of a firefight during” the raid in Yemen on Jan. 29. The casualties “may include children,” CENTCOM stated. more...