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11th January 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US killed three ‘key’ AQAP leaders in Yemen

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

CENTCOM identified the AQAP operatives who were killed as "key Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula leaders." Their responsibilities included "external operations facilitator," an operative who paves the way for attacks outside of Yemen, an arms facilitator, and a member of its proselytizing council. more...

10th January 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Saudi-led coalition turns the tide in Yemen conflict

Alexandra N. Gutowski

Backed by Saudi air power, Yemeni forces are advancing on a number of critical fronts including Yemen’s northern border and western coast. more...

4th January 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

State Department designates 3 al Qaeda figures as global terrorists

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

One of the leaders "planned" the March 2015 Bardo Museum attack in Tunis, which was claimed by the Islamic State. Another serves as Shabaab's deputy emir. more...

3rd January 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

2017: A record year for US counterterrorism strikes

Alexandra N. Gutowski, Bill Roggio

The pattern of operations in 2017 in what the Obama administration used to call areas outside of active hostilities indicates that the US will continue the reinvigorated air campaign in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and Libya in the coming year. more...

22nd December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

AQAP propaganda official reportedly killed in US drone strike

Thomas Joscelyn

Pro al Qaeda jihadists reported on social media that Abu Hajar al-Makki, an Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) propaganda official, was killed in a US drone strike earlier this week. The US has been targeting AQAP's propagandists throughout the year and has also done so in the past. more...

19th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Houthis fire another missile on Riyadh

Alexandra N. Gutowski

The Houthis claim the missile used was a Burkan-2H, which recent evidence suggests is Iranian-supplied. more...

8th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US strikes AQAP in Yemen’s Bayda

Alexandra N. Gutowski, Bill Roggio

While announcing the strike, US Central Command provided a rare look into the targeting of AQAP's network. Until now, the US military had provided few details on its efforts during 2017 to defeat the al Qaeda branch. more...

5th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: Reported link between Houthi and Iranian ballistic missiles

Behnam Ben Taleblu

At the strategic level, if Iran’s provision of ballistic missiles to the Houthi rebels is confirmed, it could be seen as an indicator Tehran’s increased tolerance for risk in a distant conflict theater, one which has sought to weaken Saudi Arabia by any means possible. more...

4th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Yemen’s Saleh killed by former allies

Alexandra N. Gutowski

The assassination of former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh follows a strain in the opportunistic cooperation between his forces and the Houthis. more...

21st November 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US designates Qods Force counterfeit cash operation

Amir Toumaj

The US Treasury Department designated a counterfeit ring that has procured material and equipment to help finance the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' (IRGC) operations in Yemen. This announcement answers an important question about at least one of force's method of financing its operations in Yemen. more...

18th November 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Understanding al Qaeda through the massive trove of Osama bin Laden’s files

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

On Nov. 17, The Foundation for Defense of Democracies and FDD's Long War Journal held an event to discuss the findings from the recently released documents from Osama bin Laden’s compound. more...

17th November 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Details remain vague after four more US strikes against AQAP in Yemen

Alexandra N. Gutowski

US forces have conducted at least five more strikes against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in the last two months. CENTCOM has not release strike details for any strikes against AQAP in Yemen in 2017. more...

14th November 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Map: US hits Islamic State in Yemen as jihadist attacks intensify in Aden

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

The US has stepped up its air campaign on the Islamic State's network in Yemen as the group has intensified its attacks on Yemeni security forces in the alternate capital of Aden. more...

9th November 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

U.S. Backs Saudi Claim about Iranian Missile Support to Yemeni Rebels

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Alexandra N. Gutowski

Regional tensions escalated as Saudi Arabia blamed Iran for an attempted missile strike on its capital by Yemeni rebels. On November 4, Saudi defenses intercepted a ballistic missile fired by Yemen’s Shiite Houthi rebels (also known as Ansar Allah) at a Riyadh airport. more...

27th October 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US military hits Islamic State in Yemen

Bill Roggio

An estimated 60 Islamic State fighters are thought to have been killed in three US strikes that have targeted the group over the past two weeks. more...

25th October 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US and Gulf nations sanction 8 jihadists in Yemen

Thomas Joscelyn

The US Treasury Department and several Gulf States announced today that eight jihadists in Yemen have been designated as terrorists. The newly-sanctioned terrorists serve either the Islamic State's Yemeni branch, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or both. more...

16th October 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US kills ‘dozens’ of Islamic State members in Yemen

Thomas Joscelyn

The Pentagon announced today that "dozens" of Islamic State jihadists were killed during a strike on two training camps in Yemen. The Islamic State regularly advertises its presence in Yemen, including a camp named after the group's deceased spokesman. more...

11th October 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US kills local AQAP commander in airstrike

Bill Roggio

The strike is the latest in a series that have targeted the entirety of AQAP's network in the war-torn country. more...

18th September 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US has launched ‘more than 100 strikes against AQAP’ so far this year

Bill Roggio

In addition to the updated strike total for Yemen, the response is interesting as it notes that AQAP operatives are not the only target of the air campaign: the US military is hitting the entirety of the network. more...

16th September 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

US kills 3 AQAP fighters in drone strike

Bill Roggio

The US military has stepped up its campaign against AQAP, but has not been forthcoming about its targeting of the group as it has in Somalia. more...

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5th February 2014 - 12:00 PM

Understanding al Qaeda and its Affiliates: A Global Threat or JV Squad?

A Conversation with Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Bruce Hoffman, Thomas Joscelyn and Jonathan Schanzer

Speaking about organizations claiming allegiance to al Qaeda, President Barack Obama stated that "if a JV team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn't make them Kobe Bryant." The president’s remarks have sparked yet another debate about whether al Qaeda is weakened, whether it is resurgent, or whether it was ever weakened in the first place.  Has the Arab Spring spawned a surge in jihadism? Are these organizations taking advantage of the new environment in the region, or is the expansion of jihadist groups largely independent of the revolutions? How well is Washington’s current approach to al Qaeda working? If the group is growing despite U.S. efforts, how do we put our policies on the right track?

20th August 2013 - 12:00 PM

Al Qaeda and its Affiliates: On Life Support or an Imminent Threat?

A Conversation with Eli Lake, Thomas Joscelyn and Cliff May

Twelve years after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and more than two years after Osama bin Laden was killed, how great of a threat is al Qaeda to the U.S. homeland and America’s interests abroad? Has the instability in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and throughout Africa allowed al Qaeda to grow in size and power? How should the latest threats against America’s diplomatic facilities, paired with the recent prison breaks in Pakistan, Iraq, Libya and elsewhere impact U.S. counterterrorism strategy?