On May 2, 2011, a US Special Forces operation, code named "Neptune Spear," ended the life of Osama bin Laden (OBL). In the ensuing 5 years there has been much debate on whether OBL's demise benefited the war on terror.
On May 7, Ayman al-Zawahiri, the head of al-Qaeda, released an audio recording in which he announced that he had given his permission for the al-Qaeda affiliated Syrian jihadist group, al-Nusra Front, to create "a new emirate" in Syria.
The war in Yemen has led to dangerous instability.
For Al-Qaeda affiliates around the world, holding westerners hostage and threatening to kill them if their governments don't pay for their release is big business. In fact, kidnapping is a massive windfall for terrorist organizations in general.
In the Paris attack, 17 people, including journalists and police, were killed in three days of violence, including a mass
Fog of War Yemen
The threats emanating from Yemen are distorted and exaggerated, the stakes are actually relatively low (except for Yemenis), any imposed settlement is highly elusive and the costs to those engaged may be high. For the U.S., it can be once again something of a lose-lose situation where the enemy of my enemy is often also my enemy.
By pledging allegiance to Daoesh, Boko Haram will surely gain more credibility and attract more recruits, making it even more difficult for the region's governments to successfully combat it.
Sheik Harith bin Ghazi al-Nathari was on AQAP's legal committee and served as an adviser on legal and religious affairs, the
Over the past year, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has made a substantial shift in its communications strategy. For years
The fountainhead of Islamic extremism that promotes and legitimizes violence lies with the fanatical "Wahhabi" strain of Islam centered in Saudi Arabia. And if the world wants to tamp down and eliminate such violent extremism, it must confront this primary host and facilitator.
American counter-terrorism officials had higher hopes for Yemen's stability -- until now. Yemen's descent into a gory failed state poses a clear and present danger to Europe, the U.S. and the West.
While U.S. officials have said the video is authentic, the truth of the claim and the specifics of Al Qaeda’s role in the
Among the extremist connections to terrorist brothers Cheriff, 32 and Said Kouachi, 34 are fellow radical French Algerians as well as those in Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
A local resident had earlier said the director general of the Ibb governorate was among the dead. At least 48 people were
While many states around the U.S. have released information to the public about the frequency and routes of trains carrying oil obtained from hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") in North Dakota's Bakken Shale basin, holdouts still remain. Why the delay? Homeland security concerns, claim some companies.
In the latest attack, dozens of militants in army uniforms hit government buildings and army and police outposts in Seyoun
Drone availability has made it easy for Congress and the Obama Administration to ignore the root causes of conflict in Yemen
Until that happens, I, and many others, will keep pounding the political pavement until policymakers in Washington care enough