Analysis & Commentary


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...

10th December 2015 - The Long War Journal - Quoted by FOX News

Prophecy Realized: Ex-Gitmo Detainee, UBL Aide Resurfaces on Battlefield in Yemen

A hardened Al Qaeda fighter who served as Usama bin Laden's jack-of-all-trades before spending a decade at Guantanamo Bay made a military prosecutor's prophecy come true when he resurfaced on the field of battle in Yemen, where he is one of the terror group's top leaders.

9th December 2015 - The Long War Journal

Ex-Guantanamo Detainee Now An Al Qaeda Leader In Yemen

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released a new video featuring a former Guantanamo detainee, Ibrahim Qosi, who is also known as Sheikh Khubayb al Sudani.

2nd December 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Seizes Town, Provincial Capital in Southern Yemen

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) seized Zinjibar, the capital of the Abyan province, and the town of Jaar earlier today.

24th November 2015 - Quoted by Linda Qiu - Politifact

Bernie Sanders is Right: Saudi Arabia is More Focused on the Conflict in Yemen Than Fighting ISIS

David Andrew Weinberg

Bernie Sanders delivered his long-awaited speech on democratic socialism last week, also outlining his plan for fighting ISIS.

19th October 2015 - Hoover Institution

The Middle East After The Iranian Nuclear Accord

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Not long ago the Obama administration tried to explain Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s budgetary priorities. The White House’s assertion that the Islamic Republic’s future spending would overwhelmingly be used for domestic, non-military needs was a response to the bipartisan fear...

6th October 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State ‘Province’ Claims 4 Suicide Attacks on Yemeni, Gulf Forces

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s “Aden-Abyan Province” claimed responsibility for four suicide bombings in Yemen earlier today. The attacks targeted forces from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the deposed Yemeni government, all of which have been battling Shiite Houthi rebels.

5th September 2015 - Al Arabiya

A Friend in a Friendly Country: Saudi, U.S. Seek Common Ground

David Andrew Weinberg

Sitting in the White House Oval Office, King Salman told President Obama on Friday that he was “happy to come to a friendly country to meet a friend.” In many ways, that mentality defined the visit.

4th September 2015 - Quoted by Shane Dixon Kavanaugh - Vocativ

The Price For Saudi Support On Iran Deal? U.S. Help In Yemen War

David Andrew Weinberg

There will be plenty to discuss when King Salman of Saudi Arabia meets with President Obama at the White House on Friday, his first visit to the United States since taking the throne in January. There’s the looming nuclear deal with Iran which Congress is set to vote on next week.

25th August 2015 - Quoted by Nancy A. Youssef - The Daily Beast

The U.S.-Backed War in Yemen Is Strengthening al Qaeda

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The U.S.-backed war in Yemen has strengthened al Qaeda there, American defense officials concede, posing a serious threat to U.S. security. Months into the U.S.-supported Saudi intervention in Yemen, fighters linked to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), long considered the terror...

12th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Drones Target AQAP Near Eastern Stronghold in Yemen

Bill Roggio

The US killed five al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters in a drone strike near a city in southeastern Yemen where the terror organization openly rules, and where the group’s previous emir was killed two months ago.

9th July 2015 - The Long War Journal

New AQAP Leader Renews Allegiance to the ‘Beloved Father,’ Ayman al Zawahiri

Thomas Joscelyn

Qasim al Raymi has released his first audio message as the new emir of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Al Raymi became the head of AQAP after his predecessor, Nasir al Wuhayshi, was killed in a US drone strike in mid-June. His message has been translated by the SITE Intelligence...

1st July 2015 - Quoted by Shane Kavanaugh and Vladi Vovcuk - Vocativ

Saudi-Led Campaign Of Airstrikes In Yemen Marks 100th Day

David Andrew Weinberg

Saudi Arabia’s boldest military campaign in almost 100 years is marking its 100th day on Friday of punishing airstrikes on the Arab world’s poorest country, with seemingly no exit strategy in sight.

19th June 2015 - Quoted by Edwin Mora - Breitbart

Report: Al-Qaeda Executes Alleged Spies Linked to Saudi Arabia, U.S.

Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) publicly executed at least two men accused of spying on behalf of Saudi Arabia and the United States and then hung their bodies from a bridge, reports The Long War Journal.

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