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Fighting the Long War: The Evolution of al-Qa`ida in the Arabian Peninsula | Combating Terrorism Center at West Point

Fighting the Long War: The Evolution of al-Qa`ida in the Arabian Peninsula | Combating Terrorism Center at West Point

The civil war in Yemen has been a gift to al-Qa`ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). AQAP, like all insurgent groups, thrives in environments where state authority is weak or non-existent, where poverty is endemic, and where opposition forces are fragmented. The months of unrelenting war in Yemen have amplified all of these conditions. AQAP is honing and refining its capabilities in multiple areas, and in what is a dangerous parallel with Syria, it is deepening its ties to local communities and enmeshing itself within the groups that oppose Yemen’s Houthi rebels and their allies.

Source: Fighting the Long War: The Evolution of al-Qa`ida in the Arabian Peninsula | Combating Terrorism Center at West Point