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24th November 2014 - Cited by Caroline Glick - The Jerusalem Post

Our World: Iran’s no China

Tony Badran

The Obama administration will never abandon its courtship of Iran. On the eve of the extended deadline in the US-led six-party talks with Iran regarding Teheran’s illicit nuclear weapons program, the one thing that is absolutely clear is that courting Iran is the centerpiece of US...

21st November 2014 - The Long War Journal

5 Transferred Gitmo Detainees Served al Qaeda, Leaked Files Allege

Thomas Joscelyn

The Defense Department announced the transfer of five Guantanamo detainees yesterday. According to leaked threat assessments prepared by Joint Task Force Guantanamo, all five served al Qaeda. Four of the five were deemed either "high" or "medium to high" risks.

10th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Continues Escalation of Attacks in Yemen, Targets US Ambassador

Oren Adaki

Over the weekend, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed credit for a series of high-profile attacks throughout Yemen, including a failed assassination of the US ambassador, Matthew H. Tueller.

5th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

Wanted AQAP Leader Involved in Embassies Plot, Provincial Emir Killed in US Drone Strike

Bill Roggio, Oren Adaki

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula confirmed that Shawki Ali Ahmed al Badani and Nabil al Dhahab were killed in yesterday's drone strike in central Yemen. Badani was wanted by the US for plotting to attack US embassies.

4th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Kills 20 AQAP Fighters in Yemen

Bill Roggio, Oren Adaki

The US drone strike in central Yemen coincides with an offensive by Iranian-backed Shiite Houthi rebels who are fighting al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

27th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Profiles Slain Media Operative Tied to Ayman al Zawahiri’s Brother

Thomas Joscelyn

On Oct. 20, AQAP released a biography for Mustafa Ali, an Egyptian who was killed in a US drone strike in late 2013. The group says he sought "knowledge" from Mohammed al Zawahiri, the younger brother of Ayman al Zawahiri, while imprisoned in Egypt.

24th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

3 AQAP Fighters Reported Killed in US Drone Strike

Bill Roggio

The US reportedly killed three al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters today in a province in central Yemen where the jihadist group is battling Shia Houthi rebels who have advanced southward after taking control of the capital of Sana'a last month.

20th October 2014 - The Hill

The Obama-Khamenei Alliance

Michael Ledeen

Never mind the negotiations with Iran over the Islamic Republic's nuclear weapons program. Far more urgent developments are afoot.

20th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Claims Credit for Series of Attacks in Yemen

Oren Adaki

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has claimed credit for 16 attacks over the past several days as it battles Houthi rebels for control of central Yemen.

16th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQAP, Houthis Clash in Central Yemen

Oren Adaki

On Oct. 15, AQAP fighters checked the Houthi advance in Bayda province and seized the al Adayn directorate in Ibb following the fall of Ibb city at the hands of the Shi'ite rebels.

15th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Houthi Rebels Seize Hodeidah and Dhamar

Oren Adaki

Houthi rebels seized the strategic port city of Hodeidah on the Red Sea coast as well as the central Yemeni city of Dhamar on Oct. 14.

15th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Kills AQAP Commander in Shabwa

Bill Roggio, Oren Adaki

The strike in Shabwa reportedly killed an AQAP military commander.

14th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Attacks Yemeni Military in Hadramout

Oren Adaki

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula attacked several military targets in Yemen's eastern Hadramout province between Oct. 9 and Oct. 13, killing about 40 Yemeni soldiers.

10th October 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

AQAP Capitalizes on the Chaos in Yemen

Oren Adaki

Two coordinated suicide attacks believed to be carried out by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) on Thursday left at least 63 people dead in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, as well as in the eastern Hadramout province.

9th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Suicide Attacks Kill Scores in Sana’a and Hadramout

Oren Adaki

Simultaneous suicide attacks in Sana'a and Hadramout left at least 63 people dead today in Yemen.

8th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Conducts Offensive Against Yemeni Military in Baydah

Oren Adaki

AQAP continues to attack security personnel in central and southern Yemen as the government is weakened by the Houthi rebellion.

2nd October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Propaganda Focuses on Iranian Influence in Lebanon, Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front continues to use its Lebanese hostages in its propaganda campaign against Iran and Hezbollah.

27th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Drone Strike Kills 2 AQAP Fighters in Al Jawf

Bill Roggio, Oren Adaki

The strike, the second in two days, took place in a northern province where top al Qaeda leaders have been targeted and killed in the past.

27th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

2 AQAP Commanders Reported Killed in Shabwa Drone Strike

Oren Adaki

Arabic media reports claim that two al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) leaders were killed in a US drone strike in Shabwa province yesterday. One was reported to have been "rehabilitated."

25th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Launches Second US Drone Strike in Shabwa in 2 Weeks

Oren Adaki

US drones targeted AQAP fighters in Yemen's southern Shabwa province for the second time in since Sept. 11.

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