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Afghanistan and Al Qaeda: Five Years On Sans Osama Bin Laden

Abdullah Sharif | Posted 05.16.2016 | World
Abdullah Sharif

On May 2, 2011, a US Special Forces operation, code named "Neptune Spear," ended the life of Osama bin Laden (OBL). In the ensuing 5 years there has been much debate on whether OBL's demise benefited the war on terror.

Is al-Qaeda Poised to Declare Its First Emirate in the Middle East?

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 05.23.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

On May 7, Ayman al-Zawahiri, the head of al-Qaeda, released an audio recording in which he announced that he had given his permission for the al-Qaeda affiliated Syrian jihadist group, al-Nusra Front, to create "a new emirate" in Syria.

Al Qaeda Militants Seize Part Of Yemen's Main Port City Of Aden

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.23.2015 | World

ADEN, Aug 23 (Reuters) - Al Qaeda militants took control of a western district of Yemen's main port city of Aden on Saturday night, residents said, in...

Washington's Way of Dealing With Hostages: More Bureaucracy

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 06.25.2016 | 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.

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...

Fog of War Yemen

Jeff Danziger | Posted 06.22.2015 | World
Jeff Danziger

Fog of War Yemen

You Can't Understand What's Really Going on in Yemen Without Busting These Myths

Graham E. Fuller | Posted 05.30.2015 | World
Graham E. Fuller

The threats emanating from Yemen are distorted and exaggerated, the stakes are actually relatively low (except for Yemenis), any imposed settlement is highly elusive and the costs to those engaged may be high. For the U.S., it can be once again something of a lose-lose situation where the enemy of my enemy is often also my enemy.

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.

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...

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...

How Saudi Wahhabism Is the Fountainhead of Islamist Terrorism

Yousaf Butt | Posted 03.22.2015 | World
Yousaf Butt

The fountainhead of Islamic extremism that promotes and legitimizes violence lies with the fanatical "Wahhabi" strain of Islam centered in Saudi Arabia. And if the world wants to tamp down and eliminate such violent extremism, it must confront this primary host and facilitator.

Yemen = (Somalia + Libya) / Syria x Saudi Arabia + Iran

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 03.21.2015 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

American counter-terrorism officials had higher hopes for Yemen's stability -- until now. Yemen's descent into a gory failed state poses a clear and present danger to Europe, the U.S. and the West.

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...

Terrorists' Web of Hate Extends Far Beyond France

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 03.12.2015 | World
Brian Levin, J.D.

Among the extremist connections to terrorist brothers Cheriff, 32 and Said Kouachi, 34 are fellow radical French Algerians as well as those in Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

Suicide Bomber Attacks Cultural Center In Yemen

Reuters | Posted 03.02.2015 | World

(Updates death toll, changes source) SANAA, Dec 31 (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed at least 26 people in central Yemen on Wednesda...

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.

Yemen: Security Forces Kill Senior Al Qaeda Leader

Reuters | Posted 07.25.2014 | World

By Mohammed Ghobari SANAA, May 25 (Reuters) - Yemen's security forces on Sunday killed a senior al Qaeda leader wanted for attacks on ...

Yemen Urgently Needs a Lifeline: My Trip Report from Sana'a

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 07.09.2014 | World
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

This week in Yemen - with foreign reporters getting deported and the blood of dead Yemeni soldiers staining the grounds of the presidential palace - i...

Why I'm Going to Yemen

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Following on the heels of the "massive and unprecedented" U.S. drone strikes in Yemen this month, which killed scores of Yemenis, I'm headed there for...

Air Strike Kills Dozens Of Suspected Al Qaeda Militants In Yemen

Reuters | Posted 06.20.2014 | World

ADEN, Yemen, April 20 (Reuters) - Air strikes in southern Yemen killed about 25 suspected al Qaeda members on Sunday, local tribal sources said, in ...

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.

Even al Qaeda Operatives Deserve Their Day in Court -- and Justice

Aki Peritz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Aki Peritz

Intelligence gathering is certainly one important aspect of the counterterrorism business, but ultimately the U.S. needs to prosecute and incarcerate these individuals -- and our federal court system remains the most effective way to bring terrorists to justice.

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,...

Suspected Al Qaeda Militants Kill 30 In Yemen

Reuters | Mohammed and Mukhashaf | Posted 11.19.2013 | World

ADEN, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Suspected al Qaeda militants killed about 30 people in attacks on two military targets in south Yemen on Friday, security ...

Joshua Hersh

Yemen's Week Of Terror

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 08.12.2013 | World

On Friday night, Farea al-Muslimi, a young Yemeni journalist and activist, went for a drive with a friend around the capital city of his home, Sanaa. ...