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20th March 2015 - Quoted by VOA News

Yemeni IS Group Claims Sana’a Mosques Blasts

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Suicide bombers attacked two mosques in Yemen's capital, Sana'a, Friday, killing at least 137 people and wounding about 350.

6th March 2015 - Business Insider

Iran is Exporting its Islamic Revolution into Syria, Iraq and Yemen Just as it Did in Lebanon

Tony Badran

At a rally last month on the occasion of the 36th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Revolutionary Guard’s Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani gloated: “We are witnessing the export of the Islamic Revolution throughout the region. From Bahrain and Iraq to Syria, Yemen and...

23rd February 2015 - Huffington Post

Washington’s Bad Military Bets in the Middle East

Jonathan Schanzer

Last month, the Houthis took over Yemen, delivering a blow to Washington's counterterrorism strategy, which held out Yemen as one of the few bright spots in an otherwise chaotic Middle East.

23rd February 2015 - 770 WABC-AM - New York, New York

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio

FDD Senior Fellow Bill Roggio talks with John Batchelor about the situation in Yemen.

21st February 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike in Southern Yemen Kills 3 AQAP Fighters

Bill Roggio, Oren Adaki

The strike is the third this year in the province of Shabwa, which known haven for AQAP and its leadership cadre. A previous attack in Shabwa killed Harith bin Ghazi al Nadhari, one of the jihadist group's senior ideologues.

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

Could ISIS’ Foray into North Africa Draw Another Western Intervention in Libya?

Jonathan Schanzer

The expansion of the Libyan conflict from an intra-state conflict to one involving other states has increasingly gathered momentum since late 2014, Prof. Yehudit Ronen of the political science department at Bar-Ilan University told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday.

20th February 2015 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - VOA News

Gulf States Coordinate Policy as Regional Violence Grows

David Andrew Weinberg

Qatar's neighboring Gulf monarchies are backing the emirate in its dispute with Cairo over Egypt's military intervention in Libya.

17th February 2015 - Quoted by Pinar Tremblay - Al Monitor

Fear of Shiites on the Rise in Turkey

Oren Adaki

Not a day passes without a headline in the Turkish media about the revival of Islamophobia in the West. Pundits wonder how Muslims in the West will be affected.

12th February 2015 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Seizes Yemeni Military Base in Shabwa

Bill Roggio, Oren Adaki

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula took control of the base and captured several soldiers in Shabwa province as the Shia Houthis tighten their grip on the capital and the US and Britain shutter their embassies.

11th February 2015 - Cited by Lolita C. Baldor, Matthew Lee - Associated Press

Amid Political Instability, US Closes Its Embassy in Yemen

The State Department has closed the U.S. Embassy in Yemen and evacuated its staff because of the political crisis and security concerns following the takeover of much of the country by Shiite rebels.

9th February 2015 - The Long War Journal

Rebel Coalition in Syria Mourns al Qaeda Official Killed in US Airstrike in Yemen

Thomas Joscelyn

The Ansar al Din Front in Syria has released a statement mourning the death of Harith al Nadhari, a sharia official in al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula who was killed in a US drone strike on Jan. 31. The statement is further evidence that Ansar al Din is, at a minimum, closely allied with...

8th February 2015 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Yemen Falls to Iran in Regional Proxy War

David Andrew Weinberg

The toppling of the Yemeni government by Iranian backed Shi’ite Houthis has upped the ante in the regional sectarian Sunni-Shi’ite struggle.

6th February 2015 - Quoted by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

The Fall of Yemen’s Government is a Huge Problem for Saudi Arabia

David Andrew Weinberg

Friday marked the death knell of the internationally-backed post-Arab Spring order in Yemen, whose parliament and government were finally dissolved by the Iranian-allied Houthi rebels who took over Sa'ana in late 2014.

5th February 2015 - The Long War Journal

Influential AQAP Ideologue Killed in US Drone Strike

Thomas Joscelyn

Harith bin Ghazi al Nadhari, a senior sharia official in al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, was killed in a US drone strike on Jan. 31. Al Qaeda had consistently elevated Nadhari's media profile, meaning he was considered a key ideologue for the global organization.

2nd February 2015 - 770 WABC-AM - New York, New York

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss the topics of their latest pieces for the Long War Journal, including: US drone strikes in Yemen, the Islamic State, and the green-on-blue attacks in Afghanistan.

31st January 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Drones Kill 4 AQAP Fighters in Southern Yemen

Bill Roggio

The strike is the second this week, and is an indication that the US counterterrorism program in Yemen will continue despite the Houthi takeover of the capital.

26th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Kills 3 Suspected AQAP Members

Oren Adaki

The strike is the first reported in Yemen in more than two and a half months, and takes place just days after reports that US counterterrorism efforts in the country have been "paralyzed."

26th January 2015 - Quoted by Ahmed Al-Haj, Maggie Michael - Associated Press

US Drone Strikes Resume in Yemen Despite Turmoil

Bill Roggio

U.S. drone strike targeted al-Qaida in Yemen on Monday, signaling Washington's determination to keep fighting the militants despite political paralysis brought on by a Shiite power grab.

26th January 2015 - 770 WABC-AM - New York, New York

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn talk with John Batchelor about their latest articles for the Long War Journal.

26th January 2015 - Cited by Ahmed Al-Haj - Associated Press

First US Drone Strike in Yemen Since Leader Resigned Kills 3

A U.S. drone strike in Yemen, the first so far this year, killed three al-Qaida fighters on Monday, signaling Washington's determination to keep targeting the global terror network's most lethal branch despite the resignation of the Yemeni president, a top U.S. ally, in the face of a Shiite...

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