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Waq al-Waq

AQAP Claim of Responsibility

about 5 years ago

According to a statement posted to jihadi forums, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is claiming responsibility for the suicide attack that killed four South Korean tourists and a Yemeni guide in Shibam last week. This should not surprise anyone, or at least anyone who has been following events in ...

Waq al-Waq

Ahmad 'Amr al-Mushjari

about 5 years ago

I have been promising for a while to post about Sada al-Malahim (The Echo of Battles), but it turns out I'm actually over-worked and under-paid - on a related note to all those who have written me e-mails, which I have yet to respond to, well, I'm working on it. One of the things I have been doing ...

Waq al-Waq

Why Yemen is Interesting

about 5 years ago

No, no- this isn't going to discuss the breathtaking architecture, the astonishing, fascinating history or the diverse and beautiful culture of Yemen. Don't be absurd. Greg and I have analytical diodes where our hearts should be. If you want to read about the above, Tim Mackintosh-Smith has you ...