Terror Expert: Al Qaeda Power Base Shifting to Yemen
Saudi Interior Ministry photo of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula master bomb-maker Ibrahim Hassan Asiri. According to terrorism expert Dr. Peter Neumann, Asiri is now teaching bomb-making to other al Qaeda members in Yemen.
May 15, 2012
| Security
| Middle East and North Africa
In an exclusive interview with LIGNET’s London office, Peter Neumann, renowned terrorism expert and professor of security studies at Kings College London, describes the growing threat from Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). The terrorist group has grown far stronger in the past year, he says, developing new bombs and better defining its objectives. It is now looking to take up where Osama bin Laden left off, causing chaos in the Muslim world and waging jihad against the West.
As LIGNET has reported over the past year, the unrest in Yemen has allowed Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula to attract more supporters and has also given it more areas of sanctuary, despite continued drone attacks. AQAP continues to attack targets in Yemen, expanding its base of operations. It is gaining additional support from people now under its control. Yemen’s weak military and government have not been able to push back against AQAP. As a result of AQAP’s continued gains and its increasing threat to the West, the U.S. Department of Defense recently announced it would send advisors to Yemen to help train the Yemeni military to fight AQAP on the ground while the United States continues drone attacks against AQAP high-value targets.

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