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24th January 2015 - Fox News

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FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discusses how Iran will capitalize on instability in Yemen

24th January 2015 - Cited by Deb Riechmann - Associated Press

5 Things to Know: Why Crisis in Yemen Matters to Americans

Yemen's U.S.-backed president stepped down this week after Houthi rebels seized the capital of Sanaa, further destabilizing the region and hampering America's ability to fight al-Qaida and other extremists targeting the West. The country's parliament will meet Sunday, but the government's...

24th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Issues Guidelines for Suicide Operations

Thomas Joscelyn

Harith al Nadhari, a senior AQAP sharia official, sets forth six recommendations for suicide operations in a newly-released video.

22nd January 2015 - Quoted by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

The US Just Lost One Of Its Top Counterterror Partners In The Middle East

Oren Adaki

Yemeni President Abd-Rabbuh Mansour Hadi resigned on Thursday, capping a three-day span in which the major institutions of the Yemeni state dramatically plunged into ever-deeper levels of irrelevance.

21st January 2015 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Yemen Falls Into Iran’s Orbit as Region Caught Asleep at the Wheel

David Andrew Weinberg, Oren Adaki

If the Houthis are able to solidify control over the southernmost country on the Arabian Peninsula, it could create a risk for Israel and other countries’ sea traffic.

21st January 2015 - Quoted by Susan Crabtree - The Washington Examiner

Obama Mum as Counterterror Strategy Flounders in Yemen

Jonathan Schanzer

With Shiite rebels eroding Yemen's government, President Obama's anti-terror strategy — which included using Yemen as a model for action against Islamic terrorists and even opening a terrorist halfway house in the troubled gulf country — is in free fall.

21st January 2015 - Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Chaos in Yemen: Who Are the Key Players?

David Andrew Weinberg, Oren Adaki

Militants fighting for the Houthi tribes of northwest Yemen reached an agreement Wednesday with the nation's government to end the violence amid conflicting reports about whether President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi is being held captive by the rebels.

20th January 2015 - Cited by Ken Dilanian - Associated Press

Weakness of Yemen’s Government Undermines US Terror Fight

The violent push Tuesday by Houthi rebels against the American-backed government in Yemen is undermining military and intelligence operations against al-Qaida's Yemen-based affiliate, which made its reach felt in this month's deadly Paris attacks, U.S. officials say.

15th January 2015 - Cited by Michael Crowley - Politico

Did Obama’s Inaction in Yemen Lead to Paris?

Oren Adaki

For the last six months, U.S. officials have fixated on the threat of terrorism in Iraq and Syria as militants there seized territory, massacred innocents and beheaded hostages for the world to see.

14th January 2015 - Cited by Brian Bennett, Paul Richter, Laura King - The Los Angeles Times

Yemen Branch of Al Qaeda Says it Planned Paris Attack

Al Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen on Wednesday claimed responsibility for planning and financing last week’s massacre at a satirical magazine in Paris.

14th January 2015 - Quoted by Dave Boyer - The Washington Times

Obama’s ‘Lone Wolf’ Focus Misguided as Terrorist Threat Expands, Critics Say

Thomas Joscelyn

President Obama has assured Americans for years that the core of al Qaeda is “decimated,” but the group’s claimed role in last week’s massacres in France, the spread of splinter terrorist groups throughout the Middle East and rise of the Islamic State underscore how the terrorist...

14th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula Claims Responsibility for Charlie Hebdo Attack

Thomas Joscelyn

In a newly released video, a senior AQAP official states his organization planned the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo's offices. AQAP chose the target and financed the operation, he says.

14th January 2015 - Quoted by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

Al Qaeda Is Back In A Big Way

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Despite its claim of responsibility earlier today, there's a lot that isn't publicly known about Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's connection to last week's by Cherif and Said Kouachi in Paris.

9th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Senior AQAP Official Praises Paris Attack in New Audio Message

Oren Adaki, Thomas Joscelyn

A senior AQAP official praises the Charlie Hebdo attack in a new audio message. Unverified statements also claim that AQAP ordered the attack.

9th January 2015 - Quoted by Sarah El Deeb - Associated Press

Al-Qaida in Yemen Urges Local and International Jihad

Bill Roggio

The al-Qaida offshoot that claimed Friday to have masterminded the bloody rampage in France has been the most active of the terror network's branches in trying to strike in the West.

7th January 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

The Paris Attack: A Possible Yemen Connection

Oren Adaki

“Tell the media that this is al-Qaeda in the Yemen,” gunmen in today’s deadly attack in Paris allegedly told witnesses before launching their assault.

19th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Claims 149 Attacks in Yemen Since Late September

Oren Adaki

A map of the 149 attacks claimed by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula since Houthi rebels took Sana'a in late September shows the terror group's reach across 14 Yemeni provinces.

12th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Blames Obama Administration for Death of Luke Somers

Oren Adaki

In the most recent video released by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, one of the terrorist group's senior leaders blames President Barack Obama for the death of American hostage Luke Somers last week.

9th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Claims Double Suicide Attack at Military Base in Hadramout

Oren Adaki

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed credit for today's double suicide attack at the First Military Command base in Hadramout which killed at least 5 soldiers.

6th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Murders 2 Hostages, Including an American, During US Rescue Attempt

Bill Roggio

Forty special operations troops assaulted an al Qaeda compound in the southern province of Shabwa in an attempt to free American photojournalist Luke Somers.

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