Arc of Convergence: Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Penninsula, Ansar al-Shari’ah, and the Struggle for Yemen
AQAP is adept at reconciling the dictates of global jihad with the realities of local insurgency.
With some inexpensive initiatives, the U.S. may be able to keep Yemen from becoming al-Qaeda’s next haven.
Economic distress, not resentment of U.S. strikes, is what’s pushing Yemenis into the insurgency.
Failure to appreciate Yemenis’ local grievances could precipitate a regional crisis.
Recent trends suggest growing cooperation among terrorist syndicates in Southern and Central Asia.
When policy depends on unfounded presumptions, our strategy and security bear the burden.
AQAP has achieved an equilibrium between the practical realities of local insurgency and the ideological dictates of global jihad.
Government crackdowns in Sana’a and Aden have not sparked a national insurrection–at least not yet.
Rather than reverting to secular nationalism, Chechen militants are pursuing a more parochial agenda.
The Moscow metro bombings reflect the same provocative strategies witnessed in other insurgent theaters.
Shifting Sands The LSE IDEAS Middle East Blog Washington, DC — Three months after the failed bombing of Northwest Flight 253, terrorism has become the dominant theme in Yemen’s foreign policy. On 29 March, Deputy Yemeni Planning Minister Hisham Sharaf Abdullah presented a five-year, $44 billion aid plan to the so-called ‘Friends of Yemen’ group in Abu…
The failed bombing of Northwest Flight 253 has sparked renewed emphasis on Yemen and its role as a sanctuary for al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula….
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday heard two cases testing the use of military tribunals in the war on terror….
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Terrorism Monitor Vol. 3:27 (July 2006) Washington, DC — A bomb detonated outside the Afghan Justice Ministry on 4 July, injuring several civilians and shattering windows in nearby buildings. Three additional devices exploded across Kabul on 5 July, targeting buses carrying Afghan government personnel, as well as an Afghan National Army (ANA) convoy in Pul-i-Charkhi….