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17th June 2016 - Quoted by Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Missy Ryan - The Washington Post

U.S. Special Operations force extends Yemen mission against al-Qaeda

The U.S. military now plans to keep a small force of Special Operations advisers in Yemen — deployed in April for a limited, short-term operation — for the foreseeable future, a step toward reestablishing a counterterrorism mission that was shut down last year by civil war.

13th June 2016 - The Journal of International Security Affairs

An Opening for Al-Qaeda

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Since the Islamic State (IS) made its dramatic military advance in Iraq more than a year ago—capturing Mosul and other key cities and declaring the caliphate’s re-establishment—analysts have been near-unanimous that the group’s emergence has devastated its parent organization,...

9th June 2016 - Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

US Tax Dollars Will Help Subsidize Iran’s Massive Military Build Up

Saeed Ghasseminejad

A $1.7 billion U.S. government payment to Iran will be included in the Islamic Republic’s 90 percent military spending increase for the country’s 2016-2017 budget.

6th June 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss al-Qaeda, Yemen, Afghanistan, and ISIS.

5th June 2016 - Quoted by Rowan Scarborough - The Washington Times

Pentagon brags of killing terrorists even as released Gitmo detainees return to battlefield

Thomas Joscelyn

The Pentagon is boasting of the al Qaeda operatives it has killed to make America safer, yet the same type of terrorists have been transferred out of the Guantanamo prison to countries with a poor history of security, and some have ended up back on the battlefield.

3rd June 2016 - Quoted by Robert Chesney - Lawfare

Has the U.S. Quietly Ramped Up the Air Campaign Against AQAP in Yemen?

CENTCOM has just released a summary of publicly-acknowledged airstrikes conducted against AQAP targets in Yemen over the first five months of 2016.

3rd June 2016 - The Long War Journal

US military announces 3 new airstrikes in Yemen

Bill Roggio

The US military announced three previously undisclosed airstrikes that targeted al al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in southern Yemen over the past four months and killed 11 AQAP operatives.

17th May 2016 - The Long War Journal

Ex-Guantanamo detainee discusses his life with Osama bin Laden

Thomas Joscelyn

The 15th issue of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s (AQAP) Inspire magazine, which was released online on May 14, features two pieces on Ibrahim al Qosi’s life with Osama bin Laden.

10th May 2016 - The Long War Journal

US launched 4 airstrikes against AQAP at end of April

Bill Roggio

The US military announced that it launched four separate airstrikes against al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen in three different provinces over the span of a week at the end of April. The airstrikes coincided with the US-backed United Arab Emirates offensive against al Qaeda in southern Yemen....

3rd May 2016 - Quoted by Elisabeth Kendall - The Washington Post

How can al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula be defeated?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) went “on the run” 10 days ago as UAE-supported military forces closed in on the city of Mukalla, AQAP’s de facto capital in eastern Yemen. Saudi state media celebrated a mass annihilation of fleeing AQAP fighters.

1st May 2016 - The Long War Journal

AQAP says it withdrew from Mukalla to protect residents

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has published a two-page statement online confirming the group’s withdrawal from the Yemeni port city of Mukalla that occurred one week ago. AQAP members and supporters have discussed the retreat on social media in the days since, but the...

25th April 2016 - The Long War Journal

Arab coalition enters AQAP stronghold in port city of Mukalla, Yemen

Thomas Joscelyn

A coalition led by Saudi Arabia has entered the southern Yemeni port city of Mukalla, which has been a major hub of operations for al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) since early April 2015. Airstrikes helped pave the way for ground forces from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the...

25th April 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss al-Qaeda's fights in Yemen, Syria, Somalia, and Libya.

19th April 2016 - The Long War Journal

AQAP says it wanted to debate the Islamic State

Thomas Joscelyn

A jihadist media outfit has released a video and a statement allegedly documenting al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s (AQAP) attempts to debate Abu Bakr al Baghdadi’s men in Yemen.

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.

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