Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Timeline

Oct 21 2014

Terrorist Attack in Canada Shows Limits of a Persistent Threat

By imploring followers in Western countries to carry out lone wolf-type attacks, terrorist organizations reveal their limited ability to carry out operations beyond their territories.
Oct 06 2014

Stratfor's Fourth Quarter Forecast 2014

Strategies in the Middle East will conflict, Russia will gain confidence and political tensions will grow in Europe.
Oct 02 2014

Lessons from the U.S. Airstrikes on Aleppo

Because jihadists groups will always be able to find sanctuaries to operate from, the West must continue to target its operations to degrade terrorist tradecraft capabilities.
Sep 11 2014

Obama's Strategy Meets Reality in Iraq and Syria

Despite the president's stated goal, the Islamic State will not be destroyed any time soon.
Sep 05 2014

U.S.: Obama Discusses Islamic State At NATO Summit

U.S. President Barack Obama addressed the issue of the Islamic State during a televised address at the end of the NATO summit in Newport, Wales on Sept. 5.
Aug 26 2014

Islamic State Compels the Saudis and Iranians to Finally Talk

Riyadh and Tehran are trying to manage the intensification of their rivalry.
Aug 22 2014

Yemeni Rebels Maneuver the Government into Talks

The al-Houthis likely will use the threat of mass protests and military force to get political concessions from Sanaa.
Aug 14 2014

Examining the Elements of Terrorist Tradecraft

To successfully extend the reach of their attacks abroad, terrorist organizations must train transnational operatives in the art of terrorist tradecraft.
Aug 07 2014

Monitoring the Islamic State's 'Flood'

The Islamic State believes its progress in Iraq proves its right to lead, but its regional focus and violent methods face growing opposition from competing jihadist groups and Muslim communities.
Jul 30 2014

Yemen's Conflict Zones

Yemen is struggling to contain several different rebel movements that are destabilizing the country.
Jul 30 2014

Saudi Arabia's Religious Scholars Are a Double-Edged Sword

The monarchy needs support from the ulema class, which is both a source of and solution to violent jihadism.
Jul 29 2014

In Yemen, a Rebel Advance Could Topple the Regime

Sanaa had enough problems before al-Houthi rebels were standing on the outskirts of the capital.
Overview

With the Yemeni government struggling to maintain power in 2011, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was able to expand and seize portions of southern Yemen. The group is the most active jihadist franchise and has been the most successful in attempted attacks against the U.S. homeland. AQAP's growing ability to use ambushes, roadside improvised explosive devices and sticky bombs as well as its connections to the al Qaeda core indicate the group will likely continue to be a domestic and transnational threat.

Key Analysis

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