Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Timeline

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.
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.
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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