Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Timeline

Feb 02 2016

Somalia Shows the State of Air Travel in an Age of Terrorism

The Feb. 2 explosion serves as a reminder that aircraft make tempting targets for potential attacks.
Jan 27 2016

Egypt: Militant Leader Killed In Sinai

Egyptian army forces shot and killed Attallah Abu Reteima, a top militant group leader in Sinai, Egypt Independent reported Jan. 27.
Jan 21 2016

Lessons in Protective Intelligence

An examination of the perpetrators and attacks in Istanbul, Jakarta and Ouagadougou highlights how they fit into Stratfor's analytical narratives relating to jihadist terrorism.
Jan 14 2016

Gauging the Jihadist Movement in 2016: Grassroots Terrorism

Simpler armed assaults and a medley of potential attackers make grassroots terrorism a significant challenge to Western governments.
Dec 31 2015

Gauging the Jihadist Movement in 2016: The al Qaeda Camp

Although the al Qaeda core has lost influence, the organization and its franchises live on and could regain their strength.
Dec 15 2015

Why the U.S. Cannot Leave the Middle East

Washington wants to avoid getting embroiled in another war, but to shape the region it will need to maintain a sustainable commitment.
Oct 08 2015

Dancing on the Heads of Snakes

A recent attack signals the Islamic State's growing importance in the Yemeni conflict.
Sep 24 2015

Militancy: A Threat With Many Faces

One must assess a group's ability to use different types of violence to understand the threat it poses.
Sep 10 2015

Countering a Shapeless Terrorist Threat

Leaderless resistance has made terrorists harder to track, but they remain vulnerable at key moments.
Jul 10 2015

Yemen's Cease-Fire Will Not Bring Permanent Peace

While the cease-fire may bring Yemen some short-term relief, future crises stand ready waiting to erupt.
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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