Analysis & Commentary

1st July 2015 - Quoted by Shane Kavanaugh and Vladi Vovcuk - Vocativ

Saudi-Led Campaign Of Airstrikes In Yemen Marks 100th Day

David Andrew Weinberg

Saudi Arabia’s boldest military campaign in almost 100 years is marking its 100th day on Friday of punishing airstrikes on the Arab world’s poorest country, with seemingly no exit strategy in sight.

19th June 2015 - Quoted by Edwin Mora - Breitbart

Report: Al-Qaeda Executes Alleged Spies Linked to Saudi Arabia, U.S.

Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) publicly executed at least two men accused of spying on behalf of Saudi Arabia and the United States and then hung their bodies from a bridge, reports The Long War Journal.

19th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Guantanamo Detainee is Brother of AQAP’s New Top Leader

Thomas Joscelyn

Earlier this week, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) confirmed that its leader, Nasir al Wuhayshi, had been killed in a US drone strike. A new emir for the group was named in short order: Qasim al Raymi.

18th June 2015 - 660 AM

The Mark Davis Show

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn discusses AQAP and ISIS.

17th June 2015 - Quoted by Shane Harris, Katie Zavadski - The Daily Beast

Drones Turn Al Qaeda Killers On Each Other

Thomas Joscelyn

Jihadist social media accounts on Wednesday claimed that al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the terror group’s Yemen division, had executed an alleged spy.

17th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Executes Alleged ‘Spies’ Blamed for Leaders’ Deaths

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), an official branch of al Qaeda’s international organization, has publicly executed at least two men who were accused of serving as spies for Saudi Arabia and the US. Some accounts say as many as four men have been executed.

16th June 2015 - Quoted by Guy Taylor and Jacqueline Klimas - The Washington Times

Nasir al-Wuhayshi Death by U.S. Drone Strike Creates al Qaeda Global Leadership Gap

Thomas Joscelyn

The U.S. drone strike that killed the leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula — the global terrorist group’s second-in-command — is unlikely to slow the group’s deadly operations in Yemen but is expected to have a deep and lasting effect on the struggling global operations of...

16th June 2015 - FOX News

Happening Now

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn comments on the death of Naser al-Wuhayshi.

16th June 2015 - Quoted by Eli Lake and Josh Rogin - Bloomberg

How the U.S. Tracked Down Al-Qaeda’s Yemen Chief

The Central Intelligence Agency was able to do something last weekend many suspected it could not: locate and kill the leader of al-Qaeda's Yemen franchise, Nasir al-Wuhayshi.

16th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Confirms Death of Senior Leader

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), an official branch of al Qaeda, has released a video eulogy for Nasir al Wuhayshi, the group’s most senior leader. Wuhayshi was killed in a US drone strike earlier this month.

16th June 2015 - Feature Story News


David Andrew Weinberg

FDD Senior Fellow David Weinberg discusses the death of Nasir al-Wuhayshi and the significance to Al-Qaeda globally.

16th June 2015 - Sirius XM

The Arlene Bynon Show

Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellow Bill Roggio discusses the death of the AQAP emir.

15th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Emir Rumored Killed in Latest Drone Strike in Yemen

Bill Roggio

Nasir al Wuhayshi, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s emir and al Qaeda’s general manager, is rumored to have been killed in a US drone strike that took place last week in eastern Yemen. Reports of Wuhayshi’s death, which have been propagated by online jihadists and Yemeni...

3rd June 2015 - The Washington Times

Troubled Waters

Clifford D. May

“Creating facts on the ground” means changing reality through actions rather than diplomacy. China’s rulers have gone further: Over the last 18 months they have been creating ground: over 2,000 new acres of islands more than 600 miles from China’s coast, many built atop rocks and...

15th May 2015 - Quoted by Lord Maginnis - The Hill

Gulf States No Longer Trust US Leadership, With Good Reason

Tony Badran

The White House has made a strong effort to downplay the apparent diplomatic snub that is Saudi King Salman’s decision not to attend this week’s Washington summit with Gulf Cooperation Council leaders.

15th May 2015 - The Arab Weekly

‘Political Piracy’: Iran’s Ship Seizures Aimed at Blocking Nuclear Deal

Ali Alfoneh

The brief crisis over the Iranian seizure of the con­tainer ship Maersk Tigris in the Strait of Hormuz on April 28th appears to have ended peacefully with the vessel’s release on May 7th but the threat of further maritime incidents cannot be ruled out in or near the strate­gic waterway...

12th May 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Reportedly Kills Ansar al Sharia Official in Drone Strike in Yemen

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The US reportedly killed an Ansar al Sharia official yesterday in a drone strike in an area of eastern Yemen that has been overrun by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Ma’moun Abdulhamid Hatem was allegedly among four jihadists killed in the city of Mukallah in the eastern province...

5th May 2015 - Quoted by Zlatica Hoke - Voice of America

Experts: Radical Groups Thrive on Popular Discontent

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Islamist terrorism is surging in many places worldwide, including in Western societies. Governments are fighting to curb the spread of radical groups in the Arab world, and their influence on mainstream Muslim communities, but the official methods so far have failed to eliminate radical...

4th May 2015 - Quoted by Lee Keath and Maggie Michael - The Associated Press

In the Face of IS Successes, Al-Qaida Adapts, Grows Stronger

When al-Qaida overran the Yemeni port city of Mukalla last month, the group's commanders immediately struck a deal to share power with the area's tribesmen. No jihadi banners were raised. Al-Qaida even issued a statement denying rumors that it had banned music at parties or men wearing...

3rd May 2015 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Sisi, Saudi King Discuss Yemen Amid Conflicting Reports Over Ground Troops Presence

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi paid a brief visit to Saudi Arabia on Saturday to discuss the Yemen war and the wider regional landscape with Saudi leaders.


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