Analysis & Commentary


7th February 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

US conducted a record 131 airstrikes in Yemen last year

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

The US military has released a final tally for airstrikes conducted in Yemen in 2017. CENTCOM spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Earl Brown told FDD’s Long War Journal that US forces conducted 131 counterterrorism strikes in Yemen last year, which provides a concrete figure after CENTCOM noted...

6th February 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

US conducts 10 counterterrorism strikes in Yemen

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

US forces conducted a record 120 strikes in Yemen in 2017 and appears to be operating at a similar tempo thus far in 2018.

26th January 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda head blames Islamists for failure of Arab uprisings

Thomas Joscelyn

In a newly-released audio message, Ayman al Zawahiri blames Islamist parties in Tunisia and Egypt for the failure of the Arab uprisings to deliver sharia-based governance.

23rd January 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Senior AQAP leader added to US terror list by State Department

Thomas Joscelyn

The State Department has added Khalid Batarfi, an al Qaeda veteran and senior al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) leader, to the US government's list of specially designated global terrorists. Batarfi threatened the US and Jews in a video released by AQAP just yesterday.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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....

21st December 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD's Behnam Ben Taleblu discusses the recent missile launched into Saudi Arabia by the Houthis on The John Batchelor Show.

21st December 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Yemen’s Houthi rebels target journalists

Alexandra N. Gutowski

Yemen’s Houthi militants killed four journalists last week after holding them hostage. The journalists were abducted on December 2, when the rebels attacked Yemen Today’s office with rocket-propelled grenades and detained the 41 staff members inside. The remaining hostages have been...

20th December 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD's Behnam Ben Taleblu discusses Iran's Houthi proxy on The John Batchelor Show.

19th December 2017 - Quoted by Ben Evansky - Fox News

Haley: New UN resolution punishing Iran could be in the works

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Nikki Haley, United States Ambassador to the United Nations, said that based on a new report by the U.N. Secretary General, new pressure on Iran’s continued behavior could lead to a new resolution against the Tehran regime or the strengthening present ones.

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.

17th December 2017 - Fox News

Iranian missiles going to rebels in Yemen pose a danger to our ally Saudi Arabia

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The debate about whether Iran is providing ballistic missiles to Houthi rebels in Yemen has been ended, thanks to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who has unveiled components of Iranian missiles recovered from target sites in Saudi Arabia fired on by the Houthis.

15th December 2017 - Quoted by Kylie Atwood - CBS News

Nikki Haley accuses Iran of violating UN Security Council resolution

Mark Dubowitz

Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, on Thursday stood in front of an Iranian-made missile fired at the Riyadh airport by Houthi militants in Yemen, trying to rally the international community behind the Trump administration's sharp stance toward Iran.

15th December 2017 - i24 News

The Rundown

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD's Behnam Ben Taleblu discusses Iran's denial of providing Houthi rebels in Yemen with missiles fired into Riyadh on i24's The Rundown.

15th December 2017 - Quoted by Russ Read - Circa News

Haley says she has evidence Iran is supplying weapons in Yemen. Is it legit?

Behnam Ben Taleblu

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley presented what she claimed to be "undeniable" evidence proving Iran is illegally supplying arms to Houthis rebels in Yemen, thus helping spur on the civil war that has been raging for nearly three years.

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.

7th December 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD's Behnam Ben Taleblu discusses the death of Yemen's former President Saleh on The John Batchelor Show.

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