Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Timeline

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.
Dec 25 2014

Jihadism in 2014: Defining the Movement

The size of the Islamist movement has remained relatively stable over the past year, but the organization of militant groups has changed in important ways.
Dec 11 2014

The Islamic State Admits a Weakness

The Islamic State's renewed calls for grassroots attacks on the West is actually an admission that it cannot conduct the attacks itself.
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.
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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