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25th September 2014 - Center for Security Policy

Secure Freedom Radio with Frank Gaffney

Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellow Bill Roggio discusses the strategy for countering IS.

25th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Treasury Designations Target al Qaeda’s International Fundraising and Facilitation Network

Thomas Joscelyn

The threat posed by al Qaeda remains today. The "Khorasan group" is merely al Qaeda in Syria.

25th September 2014 - Al Arabiya

Who Benefits from Yemen’s Houthi crisis?

Oren Adaki

It was reported Sunday that the Yemeni government and Houthi Shiite rebels signed an agreement calling for the formation of a new government in an attempt to end fierce clashes in the embattled capital Sanaa.

23rd September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Houthi Rebels Sweep Yemeni Capital

Oren Adaki

The stunning Houthi sweep of Sana'a on Monday provides an opportunity for al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

12th September 2014 - Quoted by Dugald McConnell and Brian Todd - CNN

Obama’s Critics Dismiss Yemen, Somalia Airstrikes as Model to Fight ISIS

Thomas Joscelyn

When President Barack Obama said that U.S. strategy to combat the terror group ISIS could follow the models of strikes in Yemen and Somalia, it drew a swift rebuttal from some top Republicans.

12th September 2014 - Quoted by Krishnadev Calamur - NPR

Are Yemen And Somalia Good Examples Of U.S. Anti-Terror Strategy?

Bill Roggio

President Obama in his speech Wednesday night said the strategy the U.S. would pursue against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria would be similar to how it targeted al-Qaida affiliates in Yemen and Somalia.

11th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Targets AQAP Fighters in Shabwa

Bill Roggio, Oren Adaki

Five AQAP fighters, including a Saudi and an individual who shares the nom de guerre of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's emir for Mahfad, are reported to have been killed in the first drone strike since mid-August.

11th September 2014 - CNN

The Situation Room

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn discusses the potential ineffectiveness of US airstrikes based on past operations in Yemen and Somalia.

11th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Strategy Against Islamic State to Mirror Counterterrorism Efforts in Yemen, Somalia

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Obama described the counterterrorism strategy in Yemen and Somalia as "one that we have successfully pursued ... for years." However, several years of cooperation with willing partners have yielded questionable results.

17th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Drone Kills 3 AQAP Fighters in Eastern Yemen

Bill Roggio

The airstrike took place in a province in eastern Yemen where the terror group has been battling the government for control.

11th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Claims Killing of 50 Yemeni Soldiers in Seyoun Attack

Oren Adaki

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed via Twitter that its fighters had killed more than 50 Yemeni soldiers in an attack on the 1st Military District headquarters in Seyoun on Aug. 7.

9th August 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Kills 3 AQAP Fighters in Central Yemen

Bill Roggio

The strike took place in the al Qaeda stronghold of Wadi Abida. In eastern Yemen, the military and AQAP have been battling for control of Hadramout province.

30th July 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Releases 5th Installment of ‘Repulsion of Aggression’ Video Series

Oren Adaki

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has released the fifth installment of its "Repulsion of Aggression" video series, detailing three coordinated attacks in the city of Seyoun in Yemen's Hadramout province on June 26.

9th July 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

AQAP and ISIS Compete for Saudi Attention

Oren Adaki

Saudi Arabia was reinforcing its northern border last week in response to the alarming advances of the Islamic State marching across Iraq...

23rd June 2014 - Cited by Greg Miller - The Washington Post

Legal Memo Backing Drone Strike That Killed American Anwar al-Awlaki Is Released

A federal court on Monday released a previously secret government memo outlining the legal justification for the 2011 killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen and accused al-Qaeda operative, in a drone strike in Yemen.

17th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Adds AQAP Leader Involved in Embassy Plot to Terrorist List

Bill Roggio

The US Department of State added a top al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula leader who has been involved in plots to targeted US diplomatic facilities in Yemen and worldwide as...

14th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Drones Kill AQAP Commander, 4 Fighters in Southern Yemen

Bill Roggio

The US killed an al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula commander and four fighters in the second recorded drone strike in southern Yemen this month. Earlier today, the...

5th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Drones Kill Local AQAP Commander, 2 Fighters

Oren Adaki, Bill Roggio

The US killed three al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters, including a local commander, in the first recorded drone strike in more than three weeks.

29th May 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Eulogizes 2 Mukallah Prison Escapees

Oren Adaki

Over the past week, a Twitter account linked to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) posted the biographies of two fallen AQAP militants, Abdul Rahman bin Muhammad...

27th May 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Eulogizes Commander Killed in April Drone Strike

Oren Adaki, Bill Roggio

A well-known Yemeni journalist with connections to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Abdul Razzaq al Jamal, today posted a eulogy issued by the terrorist group to his...

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