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Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

4 Murders of Gay Men in Yemen

Elham Manea | Posted 11.09.2015 | World
Elham Manea

Why should they care about the fate of four persons at a time when a whole population is being besieged, bombarded and starved to death? Yet this incident should send alarm signals worldwide -- for it does give us a taste of what is yet to come.

Saudi Arabia and al-Qaeda Unite in Yemen

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 09.24.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

In viewing Yemen as an important battleground in the grander struggle against Iran's expanding regional influence, Saudi Arabia has united with a variety of Yemeni Sunni factions in an effort to crush the Houthi insurgency.

Washington's Way of Dealing With Hostages: More Bureaucracy

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

For Al-Qaeda affiliates around the world, holding westerners hostage and threatening to kill them if their governments don't pay for their release is big business. In fact, kidnapping is a massive windfall for terrorist organizations in general.

Oman's Diplomatic Bridge in Yemen

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 06.18.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Last month, US officials traveled to Oman and held "secret" talks with a Houthi delegation. Both sides discussed the implementation of a ceasefire and a political transition in Yemen.

The Washington That Never Says No: Saudi Arabia Borrows U.S. Military to Kill Yemenis

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.06.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Apparently incapable of resisting the temptation to meddle in the Middle East, the Obama administration remains part of Saudi Arabia's ten-member "coalition" against Houthi rebels in Yemen. Alas, the entire campaign is built on a lie.

Al Qaeda Claims Senior Official Killed By U.S. Strike In Yemen

Reuters | Posted 05.07.2015 | World

WASHINGTON, May 7 (Reuters) - A U.S. operation has killed the senior Al Qaeda figure who issued the claim of responsibility for the Charlie Hebdo atta...

Al Qaeda In Yemen Says Senior Leader Killed In U.S. Airstrike

AP | Posted 04.14.2015 | World

April 14 (Reuters) - Al Qaeda in Yemen announced on Tuesday that a top Saudi leader in the organization has been killed by a U.S. air strike, accordin...

Implications of Boko Haram's Allegiance to the Islamic State

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.09.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

By pledging allegiance to Daoesh, Boko Haram will surely gain more credibility and attract more recruits, making it even more difficult for the region's governments to successfully combat it.

Pax Americana at Presidents' Day: How Go Our Wars? (And How Many Are There, Anyway?)

William Bradley | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Even before American hegemony emerged after World War II, birthday boy George Washington's Farewell Address admonition to avoid "permanent alliances" and focus on neutrality had long since been ignored. Now we have a worldwide web of alliances, mostly of our own instigation, and involvement in a whole host of wars.

Al Qaeda In Yemen Says Senior Member Killed By U.S. Airstrike

Reuters | Posted 04.07.2015 | World

CAIRO, Feb 5 (Reuters) - The Yemeni arm of al Qaeda said on Thursday that one of its leading members had been killed by a U.S. air strike while trav...

Obama Defends Counterterrorism Strategy And Drone Strikes In Yemen

AP | JULIE PACE and ANNE FLAHERTY | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics

NEW DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama defended his counterterrorism strategy in tumultuous Yemen Sunday, saying efforts to root out a dangerous al...

U.S. Suspends Some Counterterrorism Efforts Against Al Qaeda In Yemen

Reuters | Mark Hosenball and Phil Stewart | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 23 (Reuters) - The United States has halted some counter-terrorism operations against al Qaeda militants in Yemen following a takeover...

Inside The Sophisticated Media Operation Of Al Qaeda

The Intercept | Posted 01.23.2015 | World

Over the past year, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has made a substantial shift in its communications strategy. For years, the group communicated t...

Ali Watkins

Charlie Hebdo Editor Slams News Organizations For Not Publishing Cartoons | Ali Watkins | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics

Gerard Biard, editor-in-chief of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, on Sunday denounced the Western publications that have declined to repr...

Everything You Need To Know About Al Qaeda In Yemen

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 01.16.2015 | World

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the Yemeni branch of the extremist network, released a video on Wednesday claiming responsibility for last week’s...

ISIS, Al Qaeda Supporters Praise Charlie Hebdo Attack

AP | ZEINA KARAM | Posted 01.10.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — The militant chatter spread like wildfire. Within minutes of news breaking about the deadly terror attack on a Paris newspaper this we...

Al Qaeda's Move in India Presages More Elsewhere

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.04.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Al Qaeda's (AQ's) declaration that it is starting a franchise in South Asia is no surprise at all, given the sheer number of Muslims in the region, and that it is being eclipsed by the Islamic State (IS) in the headlines.

Big Rail Cites Bin Laden, Al Qaeda to Fight Oil-by-Rail Route Transparency

Steve Horn | Posted 10.20.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

While many states around the U.S. have released information to the public about the frequency and routes of trains carrying oil obtained from hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") in North Dakota's Bakken Shale basin, holdouts still remain. Why the delay? Homeland security concerns, claim some companies.

ISIS and the G-41 World

Daniel Wagner | Posted 10.15.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Isolationist America's foreign policy and standing in the world has been further emasculated in the process. Conservative political pundits in the U.S. criticize President Obama for failing to act in a more decisive manner to stem the tide. They remain delusional in their belief that anything the U.S. can do will make a difference.

Israel's No-State Outcome

Clayton Swisher | Posted 09.09.2014 | World
Clayton Swisher

Just as most combat outposts are either abandoned following a war or overrun in conflict, given present circumstances I believe the same fate awaits what is today called the Israeli state.

Al Qaeda Says 'Spies' Executed For Aiding U.S. Drone Strikes In Yemen

Reuters | Posted 08.01.2014 | World

DUBAI, June 2 (Reuters) - Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) said it had executed four men accused of planting electronic chips in vehicles to...

A Saudi Psychologist on Jihadism, Clerical Elite and Education Reform

Joseph Braude | Posted 06.20.2014 | World
Joseph Braude

Clinical psychologist Abdullah al-Garni serves a niche clientele: recovering jihadists. He heads the mental health division at the Mohammed bin Naif Center for Counseling and Advice.

Is the U.S. Losing Saudi Arabia to China?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Saudi Arabia's declared intention to pivot away from the U.S. in foreign policy implies a shift toward Beijing, which predates both the Obama presidency and the Arab Awakening.

Syria's Divisive Impact on Yemen

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

The violent clashes that erupted last month between Sunni Islamists and Shi'ite rebels in Yemen's Amran province were partly a reaction to U.S. President Obama's declaration of his intention to launch a military strike against Syria.

Yemeni Forces Storm Al Qaeda HQ

Agence France Presse | | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

At least 10 people including three soldiers were killed in an offensive to retake headquarters seized by Al-Qaeda-linked militants in southeast Yemen,...