Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula: Leaders and their networks

Article Highlights

  • Understanding #AQAP’s leadership will help define the challenge the US faces and underpin strategies to defeat the threat.

    Tweet This

  • Core #AQAP leaders have all been operational in #Yemen or Saudi Arabia for over a decade.

    Tweet This

  • AQAP's leaders and their networks by @KatieZimmerman

    Tweet This

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is al Qaeda’s Yemen-based affiliate and has become the most operational al Qaeda node. The organization seeks to attack the United States and maintains the capability to conduct terrorist attacks. Understanding AQAP’s leadership will help define the challenge the U.S. faces, and underpin strategies to defeat the threat that AQAP poses to the United States and its allies.

Core leaders, such as AQAP leader Nasser al Wahayshi, deputy leader Said al Shihri, military commander Qasim al Raymi, explosives expert Ibrahim al Asiri, and shari’a official Ibrahim al Rubaish, have all been operational in Yemen or Saudi Arabia for over a decade and, in many cases, worked together prior to AQAP’s establishment in January 2009. Many of AQAP’s leaders, including Anwar al Awlaki, a Yemeni-American radical cleric killed in September 2011, were also in direct communication with al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden or his deputy, Atiyah Abd al Rahman, in Pakistan.

This slide deck provides information on AQAP’s leaders, both current and former, and their networks.

 

Also Visit
AEIdeas Blog The American Magazine
About the Author

 

Katherine
Zimmerman

What's new on AEI

AEI Election Watch 2014: What will happen and why it matters
image A nation divided by marriage
image Teaching reform
image Socialist party pushing $20 minimum wage defends $13-an-hour job listing
AEI on Facebook
Events Calendar
  • 20
    MON
  • 21
    TUE
  • 22
    WED
  • 23
    THU
  • 24
    FRI
Monday, October 20, 2014 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Warfare beneath the waves: The undersea domain in Asia

We welcome you to join us for a panel discussion of the undersea military competition occurring in Asia and what it means for the United States and its allies.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 | 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
AEI Election Watch 2014: What will happen and why it matters

AEI’s Election Watch is back! Please join us for two sessions of the longest-running election program in Washington, DC. 

Event Registration is Closed
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
What now for the Common Core?

We welcome you to join us at AEI for a discussion of what’s next for the Common Core.

Thursday, October 23, 2014 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Brazil’s presidential election: Real challenges, real choices

Please join AEI for a discussion examining each candidate’s platform and prospects for victory and the impact that a possible shift toward free-market policies in Brazil might have on South America as a whole.

No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.