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18th April 2016 - The Long War Journal

US transfers 9 Yemeni detainees from Guantanamo to Saudi Arabia

Thomas Joscelyn

The Department of Defense (DOD) announced on Apr. 16 that nine Guantanamo detainees, all from Yemen, have been transferred to Saudi Arabia.

7th April 2016 - Quoted by Alessandria Masi - International Business Times

Al Qaeda Winning Hearts And Minds Over ISIS In Yemen With Social Services

Thomas Joscelyn

Half of Yemen’s 24.4 million people don’t have access to clean water — the most basic of human needs. This stark statistic is in clearest evidence in the country’s Hadramaut region, where oil flows freely but water taps run dry and tribal councils are powerless to improve people’s...

31st March 2016 - The Long War Journal

US strike on camp targeted local AQAP fighters, not external network, commander claims

Bill Roggio

A US airstrike on a training camp in Yemen that killed more than 50 jihadists two weeks ago targeted al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s local operations, not its external operations network, an AQAP commander claimed. While the AQAP commander’s statement may be technically true, it...

29th March 2016 - The Long War Journal

US intensifies air campaign against al Qaeda in Yemen

Bill Roggio

The US military revved up aerial assaults against al Qaeda’s official branch in Yemen during the month of March. The US launched at least six airstrikes against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in areas in southern Yemen this month, equalling the total from the five preceding months,...

23rd March 2016 - The Long War Journal

US military strikes AQAP training camp in Yemen

Bill Roggio

The US military killed “dozens” of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters in an airstrike yesterday that targeted a training camp in western Yemen. While the US military claims that the strike will deny AQAP “safe haven,” the air campaign waged by the US against the jihadist...

10th March 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Iranian Weapons Smuggling in the Arabian Peninsula Continues

David Andrew Weinberg

An American-led maritime coalition recently intercepted a fishing boat carrying weapons off the coast of Oman, according to news reports on Monday.

2nd March 2016 - The Long War Journal

Osama Bin Laden’s Files: AQAP emir foreshadowed 2011 takeover of southern Yemen

Bill Roggio

Nasir al Wuhayshi, the emir of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula who later became al Qaeda’s general manager, detailed the group’s strengths in Yemen’s provinces prior its spring 2011 offensive that saw much of the south fall under its control.

25th February 2016 - Quoted Oriana Pawlyk - Air Force Times

Remember the war in Yemen? The U.S. Air Force is there

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Since beginning an air war against in Houthi rebels in Yemen last year, the Saudis and their allies have relied on U.S. tankers to refuel their aircraft in flight.

20th February 2016 - The Long War Journal

Another town in southern Yemen reportedly falls to AQAP

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s (AQAP) fighters reportedly seized the southern Yemeni town of Ahwar earlier today. A Twitter feed maintained by AQAP’s political and military front, Ansar al Sharia, posted a short message saying that the jihadists have stormed Ahwar and sent their...

11th February 2016 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda seizes more territory in sourthern Yemen

Bill Roggio

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has expanded its footprint across southern Yemen by seizing five towns, including a provincial capital, over the past two weeks. Al Qaeda’s official branch in Yemen continues to capitalize on Yemen’s chaotic civil war.

10th February 2016 - The Long War Journal

AQAP publishes insider’s account of 9/11 plot

Thomas Joscelyn

Sometime before his death in a US drone strike in June 2015, Nasir al Wuhayshi recorded an insider’s account of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. As the aide-de-camp to Osama bin Laden prior to the hijackings, Wuhayshi was well-placed to know such details. And al Qaeda in the Arabian...

4th February 2016 - The Long War Journal

Senior AQAP commander reportedly killed in US drone strike in Yemen

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

A senior al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) leader may have been killed in a US drone strike that was launched in southern Yemen last night. Several fighters were reportedly killed and jihadists on social media claim that one of them was Jalal al Bala’idi, a prominent AQAP field...

1st February 2016 - Quoted by Avi Asher-Schapiro - Vice News

Al Qaeda Is Making Serious Gains Amid Chaos of Yemen’s Civil War

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda militants just captured the Yemeni city of Azzan, the latest sign that the group is capitalizing on the chaos wrought by nearly a year of bloody multi-sided civil war.

23rd January 2016 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State defector in Yemen apologizes to al Qaeda

Thomas Joscelyn

A jihadist propaganda outfit named Al Hidayah Media Production released a video on Jan. 15 featuring a man who has purportedly defected from the Islamic State’s ranks in Yemen. The defector is identified as Antar al Kindi and he ends his testimony with an apology to Ayman al Zawahiri, as...

5th January 2016 - Quoted by Justin Salhani - Think Progress

Saudi Arabia ‘Torpedoes’ American Middle East Policy With Execution Of Shia Cleric

David Andrew Weinberg

Tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran has long festered via regional proxy wars, but the execution of a prominent Saudi Shia cleric by Riyadh over the weekend and the subsequent reactions could affect the United States’ interests in the Middle East.

28th December 2015 - The Long War Journal

More Islamic State Members Reject Governor of Yemen Province

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s Yemen Province continues to suffer from a leadership dispute that emerged two weeks ago. More than a week after 70 members of the Islamic State rejected the emir for its Yemen Province on Dec. 15, another 31 members – including three senior leaders – backed them up...

24th December 2015 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Leader Says America is the ‘Primary Enemy’

Thomas Joscelyn

On Dec. 20, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released a video featuring the group’s top leader (or emir), Qasim al Raymi. Sitting in front of a marker board, al Raymi delivers a nearly 20-minute lecture on jihad and the importance of confronting America. He claims that the US is...

23rd December 2015 - The Long War Journal

Divisions Emerge Within The Islamic State’s Yemen ‘Province’

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s “province” in Yemen has encountered a setback in the past two weeks. More than one dozen senior leaders, along with scores of fighters, have openly rebelled against the group’s governor (wali) for what they claim are serious violations of sharia, or Islamic law....

17th December 2015 - The Long War Journal

San Bernardino Terrorists Allegedly Studied AQAP’s Inspire Magazine, Pledged Allegiance To Baghdadi

Thomas Joscelyn

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced today that it has brought charges against Enrique Marquez Jr., “a longtime friend of Syed Rizwan Farook, the male shooter in the San Bernardino, California” terrorist attack.

16th December 2015 - The Long War Journal

An Al Qaeda Commander Comes Out From The Shadows

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) publicly identified one of its founding members for the first time in a video released earlier this month. Ibrahim Abu Salih (also known as Abu al Hassan al Hashimi) has been a jihadist for more than 35 years, but AQAP’s “Guardians of Sharia” is...

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