Analysis & Commentary

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.

2nd May 2015 - FOX News

America’s News HQ

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz comments on the regional confrontation taking place in Yemen.

1st May 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Beheads, Shoots 15 Yemeni Soldiers

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State in Yemen claimed credit for the brutal execution of 15 Yemeni soldiers who were captured in the city of Azzan in Shabwa province earlier this month. The treatment of the captured soldiers by the Islamic State presents a stark contrast to Al Qaeda in the Arabian...

28th April 2015 - Quoted by Tim Mak - The Daily Beast

U.S. Defense Biz Sees Cash from Mideast Chaos

Jonathan Schanzer

War in Yemen. The continued threat of ISIS. Ongoing conflict in Iraq and Syria. Increasing Iranian influence. As America’s Middle Eastern allies watch their neighborhood burn, the U.S. defense industry is viewing increased instability as a money-making opportunity.

27th April 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Expert: Obama “Siding with Iran” in Yemen Conflict

Tony Badran

The Obama administration is “siding with Iran” while operating “over the heads of the Saudis” in its deliberations over the future of Yemen, Tony Badran, a research fellow for the Foundation of Defense of Democracies, wrote Friday in an analysis published on the Lebanese website NOW...

24th April 2015 - NOW News

Over the Heads of the Saudis

Tony Badran

“Iran is part of the problem in Yemen, not part of the solution,” said Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi ambassador to the United States on Wednesday. The statement was an indirect rebuke of President Obama, who in an interview the day before had said that his administration had "indicated to...

23rd April 2015 -

On The Hunt

David Andrew Weinberg

FDD Senior Fellow David Weinberg discusses the conflict in Yemen.

23rd April 2015 - Quoted by Heather Saul - The Independent

Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal Faces Backlash For Tweet

David Andrew Weinberg

A Saudi Prince has come under fire on social media after reportedly promising luxury Bentley cars to fighter pilots involved in bombing strikes in Yemen.

23rd April 2015 - Quoted by Christopher Snyder -

Military Experts Fear Saudi Arabia’s Strategy in Yemen is Failing

David Andrew Weinberg

A Saudi-led coalition is keeping up an air campaign against Houthi rebel targets in Yemen, despite an announcement to end airstrikes.

22nd April 2015 - Quoted by Tobias Burns - Military Times

Experts: Terrorism Groups Find New Revenue Sources

Jonathan Schanzer, Juan Zarate

As the number of terrorist groups around the world increases, so do the ways in which they're raising money to fund their activities, experts say.

22nd April 2015 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Chaos in Middle East Could Last for ‘at Least a Decade,’ Expert Tells ‘Post’

David Andrew Weinberg

The breakdown of states throughout the Middle East since the outbreak of the Arab Spring has led the people in the region to fall back on primordial attachments, enhancing the power of sectarianism, tribalism, and Islamism, experts told The Jerusalem Post.

22nd April 2015 - Al Arabiya

Understanding ‘Operation Renewal of Hope’ in Yemen

David Andrew Weinberg

The Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen declared the end of Operation Decisive Storm yesterday, to be replaced with Operation Renewal of Hope effective midnight. Although coalition spokesperson General Ahmed Asiri suggested on Sunday that a “next phase” of activities was imminent,...

21st April 2015 - AM 970

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Yaya J. Fanusie

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