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President Barack Obama held up the US strategy to counter al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen as a model for American counter-terrorism strategy elsewhere. Conditions in Yemen directly affect the success of that model. Yemen faces a myriad of security threats from the al Houthi movement to a southern secessionist movement, as well as deteriorating socio-economic conditions and natural resources. Learn more about the challenges in Yemen.

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The timing of ISIS’s June 17 attack may mark the beginning of an ISIS Ramadan offensive against the al Houthis in Yemen.

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America’s military and intelligence services appeared to have mastered the craft of killing terrorist leaders, but time and again, leadership attrition alone has proven to be an insufficient condition to defeat an organization.

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Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has confirmed the death of Nasser al Wahayshi, the leader of its Yemen branch, in a US airstrike. AQAP expert Katherine Zimmerman is available to comment.

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A discussion of the slow progress in the Iranian vessel takeover situation, the current state of Yemen, and the recent shooting in Garland, Texas.

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The Maersk Tigris incident is the second high-stakes naval confrontation with Iran in the past week. The tests are not going to get any easier.

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Though it is not yet playing out that way on the ground, ISIS will likely see the tension between Yemen’s Sunni and Shiite communities as an opening to exploit and drive Yemen’s conflict toward a fully sectarian conflict.

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Iran’s seven ship cargo convoy, joined by two naval vessels previously tasked to the area, is an unusually high profile operation for Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

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News recently broke that the Iranian convoy suspected of carrying weapons intended for Yemeni rebels, and subsequently shadowed by U.S. warships, had turned around and was now headed in the direction of home. In addition, the recent warning from China that North Korea’s nuclear threat is on the rise is discussed.

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An accounting of combat forces (air, land, and sea) currently arrayed as part of the 2015 Yemen Intervention.

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That the American warship USS Theodore Roosevelt has been sent to monitor an Iranian convoy headed for Yemen has become clear. Why that decision was made in the first place, however, is something Washington officials are struggling to agree on.

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