Most Wanted: Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula


Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has risen to prominence over the past month after two US-backed airstrikes targeted training camps and a leadership meeting in Yemen. Just one day after the Christmas Eve strike that targeted Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s top leaders, a Nigerian attempted to blow up an airliner over Detroit. In Yemen, the bomber had received training, the explosive device, and the ideological justification to carry out the attack. The presentation above (click image or click here to view) lists 10 of the most wanted leaders and operatives in the terror group.

For more on Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and the terror group’s leaders, see:

Radical US cleric survived airstrike in Yemen: family

US launches cruise missile strikes against al Qaeda in Yemen

Yemeni airstrike targets top al Qaeda leaders

Former Guantanamo detainee now al Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula’s Mufti

Yemen permits wanted al Qaeda leaders to operate in the open

Al Qaeda opens new training camp in Yemen

Arabian Peninsula al Qaeda groups merge

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Bill Roggio is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Editor of The Long War Journal.

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  • TimSln says:

    When future actionable intelligence becomes available, expect more US-backed airstrikes.
    Bill, is a presentation on al-Qaeda Central in the works, including identifying those on the Shura Majlis and perhaps including commanders in the Lashkar al Zil?


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