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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.

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.

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

US unfreezes Yemeni assets in boost to Saudi-backed government

Mark Dubowitz

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.

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.

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.

25th October 2017 - Quoted by David Reid and Javier E. David - CNBC

US announces sanctions against Yemen in battle against ‘key terrorists’

The United States has announced sanctions on Yemeni individuals and companies to combat the activities of al-Qaeda and the so-called Islamic State.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

12th September 2017 - Quoted by Julie Lenarz - The Tower

Who Are the Houthis and Why Do They Shout “Death to America”?

Benjamin Weinthal

In war-torn Yemen, Houthi insurgents call for “death to America, death to Israel, damn the Jews, victory to Islam.” Their violent credo has left a trail of bloody footprints that leads all the way to Tehran.

30th August 2017 - C-SPAN

Iran’s Nuclear, Regional and Proxy Challenges (Heritage Center event)

Mark Dubowitz

Since the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, Tehran has continued its malign policies in the Middle East, particularly in Iraq, Syria and Yemen.

6th August 2017 - Quoted by Saeed Al-Batati and Eric Schmitt - The New York Times

Thousands of Yemeni Forces Target Qaeda Stronghold

Thousands of Yemeni troops are conducting a clearing operation aimed at driving Qaeda militants from one of their major strongholds in southern Yemen, according to Arab and American security officials.

22nd June 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US kills AQAP provincial emir in Yemen airstrike

Bill Roggio

US Central Command (CENTCOM) announced today that a provincial leader for al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen was killed in an airstrike on June 16.

23rd May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US special forces raid al Qaeda compound in central Yemen

Bill Roggio

US special operations forces raided an al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) compound in Marib province in central Yemen earlier today and killed seven operatives. The operation took place just days after the US Treasury Department listed two tribal leaders from Marib as global terrorists...

15th May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

The US Intelligence Community’s newest assessment of the jihadist threat

Thomas Joscelyn

On May 11, the new Director of National Intelligence, Daniel R. Coats, presented the US Intelligence Community’s (IC) “Worldwide Threat Assessment” to the Senate.

4th April 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US military hits AQAP with more than 20 airstrikes

Bill Roggio

The US military has continued its increased targeting of al Qaeda’s network in Yemen, launching more that 20 airstrikes against the terrorist group over the weekend. The US has now launched more than 75 airstrikes in Yemen since the beginning of the year, already nearly double the yearly...

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