Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Timeline

Apr 16 2015

Yemen: Former President Offers Cooperation To Secure Exit From Crisis

Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has sought help from Russia and several Arab states to secure a safe exit from Yemen for him and his family, Al Jazeera reported April 16.
Apr 09 2015

AQAP Gains as Yemen Implodes

The jihadist group will take advantage of instability in Yemen to expand its power.
Apr 02 2015

Yemen: Militants Storm Port City, Free 270 Prisoners

Militants stormed the southeastern port city of Mukalla on April 2, seizing government buildings and freeing members of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and others from the city's prison, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Mar 21 2015

Yemen: Al Qaeda Fighters Attack Province Capital In South, Kill 20 Soldiers

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters captured al-Houta, capital of Lahj province in southern Yemen, killing about 20 soldiers, local officials said, Reuters reported.
Feb 11 2015

Yemen Enters a More Chaotic Time

The closing of embassies in Sanaa shows there are few, if any, political solutions to the country's security crisis.
Feb 07 2015

Yemen: Bomb Explodes Near Republican Palace In Sanaa

An improvised bomb exploded outside the republican palace in Sanaa on Feb. 7 and wounded three al-Houthi guards, eyewitnesses said, Reuters reported.
Feb 05 2015

Is Terrorism an Existential Threat?

Using the proper terminology to refer to militants is extremely important when assessing threats.
Jan 29 2015

Jihadism in 2014: Jihadist Franchises

The rift between al Qaeda and the Islamic State has produced scores of local splits within regional jihadist groups, and will ultimately weaken both of them.
Jan 22 2015

Yemen: Government Seeks To Save Itself By Resigning

The al-Houthi rebel movement does not want a complete takeover of the Yemeni state.
Jan 21 2015

A Chronology of Yemen's Recent Instability

Al-Houthi fighters have stormed Yemen's presidential palace and surrounded the residence of Prime Minister Khaled Bahah.
Jan 20 2015

Yemen Returns to Its Natural, Divided State

A kidnapping by the al-Houthi rebel movement highlights the erosion of Yemen's old political order.
Jan 14 2015

Al Qaeda Branch Claims Credit for Paris Shooting

Despite the group's claims, the Jan. 7 attack appears to be a textbook case of leaderless resistance.
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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