Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Timeline

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.
Jun 25 2015

The Jihadist Trap of Here and Now

If the Islamic State stands its ground and tries to defend its caliphate, it will eventually be destroyed.
Jun 11 2015

Al Qaeda Is Down, but Not Out

The militant group could outlast the Islamic State and remain the dominant strain of global jihadism.
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.

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.

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