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6th December 2017 – Quoted by Joseph Colonna - Egypt Today

Yemen: As Saleh falls, Iran will push forward

Behnam Ben Taleblu

When Ali Abdullah Saleh, the ousted former strongman president of Yemen, indicated on Saturday that he would realign his forces with the Saudi-led coalition, there was hope his shift would signify a turning point in the war. more...

20th November 2017 – Quoted by Jeff Seldin - VOA News

US Targets Iranian Counterfeit Scheme in Yemen

Behnam Ben Taleblu

U.S. officials are spotlighting Iran’s efforts to spread its influence across the Middle East with what they describe as a “large-scale” counterfeiting operation, sophisticated enough to fool some European regulators. more...

14th November 2017 – Quoted by Katrina Manson - The Financial Times

US unfreezes Yemeni assets in boost to Saudi-backed government

Mark Dubowitz


18th September 2017 – Quoted by Ken Dilanian, Courtney Kube - NBC

Trump Administration Wants to Increase CIA Drone Strikes

Bill Roggio

When President Donald Trump visited CIA headquarters in the first weeks of his presidency, he toured the secure floor where agency officers direct drone strikes against suspected terrorists, current and former U.S. officials told NBC News. 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...

3rd March 2017 – Quoted by Eric Schmitt - The New York Times

United States Ramps Up Airstrikes Against Al Qaeda in Yemen

The United States military on Friday carried out a second night of airstrikes against suspected Qaeda terrorists in Yemen in what Pentagon officials said was part of a larger campaign to roll back territorial gains the group has made in the past two years. more...

1st March 2017 – Quoted by Lauren Carroll - Politifact

What Donald Trump left out about the Yemen raid that killed Navy SEAL Ryan Owens

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The lasting image from President Donald Trump’s first speech to Congress was that of widow Carryn Owens, crying as Trump honored her late husband, Navy SEAL William "Ryan" Owens, with an extended standing ovation. more...

27th February 2017 – Quoted by Alex Lockie - Business Insider

White House responds to father of Navy SEAL killed in Yemen raid

Bill Roggio

White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Monday responded to the father of US Navy SEAL Chief William "Ryan" Owens, who was killed in action during a raid in Yemen, saying the Department of Defense would launch three investigations into the operation. more...

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...

2nd February 2017 – The Huffington Post

Trump Effort To Pin Botched Yemen Raid On Barack Obama Falters

Bill Roggio

President Donald Trump’s first overseas operation as commander in chief, a botched raid that led to the death of an American serviceman and significant civilian casualties, was never approved by former President Barack Obama before he left office, two top former national security officials said on Thursday. more...

2nd February 2017 – Quoted by Peter Henne - The Huffington Post

Stumbling towards war in Yemen

David Andrew Weinberg

Attention to the civil war in Yemen and potential Iranian involvement is growing in foreign policy circles. more...

30th January 2017 – Quoted by Tim Hume - Vice News

Deadly Operation

Bill Roggio

Donald Trump has hailed his first counter-terror operation since becoming president a success, but it clearly did not run to script, resulting in the death of a U.S. commando, injuries to six other soldiers, and the deaths of at least 10 women and children, according to Reuters. more...

30th January 2017 – Quoted by Alex Lockie - Business Insider

Two dead after Houthi militant suicide attack against Saudi Arabian ship near Yemen

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Saudi Arabia confirmed a Houthi militant attack that killed two Saudi sailors on Monday. more...

19th October 2016 – Quoted by Alex Lockie - Business Insider

US General thinks Iran is behind the missile attacks on US Navy near Yemen

Jonathan Schanzer

US Army Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of US forces in the Middle East, said on Wednesday that he believes Iran was behind missile strikes on US Navy ships fired from Houthi-controlled areas in Yemen. "I do think that Iran is playing a role in some of this. They have a relationship with the Houthis, so I do suspect there is a role in that," said Votel at the Center for American Progress, The Hill's Kristina Wong reports. more...

10th October 2016 – Quoted by Frank Camp - Daily Wire

Iran-Backed Houthi Rebels Fire Missiles at U.S. Navy Ship

Saeed Ghasseminejad

After the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), colloquially known as the Iranian nuclear deal, was completed, the relationship between the United States and Iran has quickly decayed. more...

24th June 2016 – Quoted by Ken Dilanian, Courtney Kube - NBC News

Officials: U.S. Report Will Say Drones Have Only Killed 100 Civilians

The Obama administration is preparing to announce as early as next week that it believes around 100 civilians have died in nearly 500 U.S. drone strikes since 2009, U.S. officials tell NBC News. more...

17th June 2016 – Quoted by Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Missy Ryan - The Washington Post

U.S. Special Operations force extends Yemen mission against al-Qaeda

The U.S. military now plans to keep a small force of Special Operations advisers in Yemen — deployed in April for a limited, short-term operation — for the foreseeable future, a step toward reestablishing a counterterrorism mission that was shut down last year by civil war. 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?