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Is Yemen Going Downhill Rapidly as a Secure Jihad Launch Pad?

By Dr. David Sloggett
Contributing Writer, Homeland Security Today
Special to In Homeland Security

Of the more than 70 al-Qaida franchises, the Yemen-based al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has been one of the most effective. It was the group behind the development of what became known as the “underwear” bomb and the attempt to deliver bombs to a Synagogue in Chicago using parcels sent by air freight in October 2010.

Yemen Reinstates Officers in the South

By William Tucker
Chief Correspondent for In Homeland Security

Shortly after the Yemeni civil way concluded in 1994, the government of Ali Abdullah Saleh forcibly retired the Southern Yemeni army leading to a lasting resentment towards Sana’a in general and Saleh in particular. When Saleh left the presidency after his lengthy rule, the calls for the southern army to be reinstated became louder and the al-Qaeda led mayhem only added to the urgency.

A Surge in UAV Strikes in Yemen

By William Tucker
Chief Correspondent for In Homeland Security

Three suspected U.S. UAV strikes have taken in place in Yemen today reportedly killing 12 militants. UAV strikes can be fluid events and the death toll may rise among those currently reported as injured. The U.S. has taken a more aggressive counterterrorism role in Yemen with UAV strike having tripled since 2011.

U.S. Closes 19 Embassies

By William Tucker
Chief Correspondent for In Homeland Security

Last week there were rumblings that the U.S. had become aware of a semi-specific threat against its embassies in the Middle East and some parts of Africa. By the time the weekend rolled around the National Security Council in the White House had concluded it would be best to shutter the embassies for few days, then ultimately decided to leave them closed for the entirety of this week.

AQAP Deputy Emir Reported Killed in Yemen

By William Tucker The Yemeni military has claimed via its website that former Guantanamo inmate and deputy emir of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Said al-Shihri was killed in an airstrike in Yemen’s Hadramawt province. This report has not been independently confirmed and al-Shihri has been reported dead on several occasions. Few details were given about the airstrike or how al-Shihri was identified.

Al-Qaeda Hits Yemen Police Academy

By William Tucker A suicide bomber struck a police academy in Sana’a Yemen killing eight and wounding another 15. As of this writing al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has not officially claimed responsibility for the attack; however AQAP has made numerous threats against the Yemeni government in response to the counterterrorism operations that have been ongoing since May. Furthermore, the tactics and target of today’s attack strongly suggest that AQAP was involved.