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Yemen, the Middle East, and the World Beyond

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Measuring Success

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about 2 years ago

As the details of the undercover operation to infiltrate AQAP continue to be made public the picture of what happened is starting clear.  As I wrote yesterday, it appears that the individual did indeed have a western passport - from the UK - and was initially recruited by British intelligence ...

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Unanswered Questions

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about 2 years ago

Despite all the leaks that have come out over the latest underwear bomb plot there is still a great deal we don't know. For instance, did information from the undercover asset lead to the strike on Qusa?  Sometimes even the same journalist doesn't know whether it did or did not lead to Qusa's ...

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This round to Saudi Intelligence

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about 2 years ago

For more than three years AQAP and Muhammad bin Nayif have been involved in a high-stakes intelligence duel, which has largely been fought in the shadows of Yemen's tribal territories.  Shortly after AQAP formed in January 2009 one of the group's top leaders, Muhammad al-Awfi a former Guantanamo ...

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Knowing what you're doing

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over 2 years ago

For the past several years I have been arguing that the US has to do a better job of framing the war against al-Qaeda in Yemen.  The war should never be portrayed as the US against al-Qaeda in Yemen - that is a war the US can't win.  But unfortunately this is what is happening.  Instead, I've ...

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The Constant Critic

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over 2 years ago

Earlier today Will McCants, Jeremy Scahill, Clint Watts and I had a twitter discussion - or whatever the word is when one is limited to 140 characters - on Yemen and US policy.  Will, Jeremy and Clint all write and speak with a great deal of eloquence and expertise on many different things.  I do ...

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AQAP's Big Dilemma

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over 2 years ago

Things have been going pretty good for AQAP of late.  The group appears to be gaining recruits both from inside Yemen and abroad and it is taking and holding more territory than ever before, and while there have certainly been setbacks my scorecard for 2012 has AQAP well ahead of the US and Yemen ...

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5 Questions on the Elections in Yemen

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over 2 years ago

Earlier today I answered five questions for PBS' NewsHour on the elections in Yemen and what it means going forward.  Since I covered a lot of ground in the Q-and-A with P.J. Tobia, and since I would inevitably repeat myself in any blog post, I will link to it here and let it serve as my post on ...