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Jihadism in Yemen: A Long History, a Long Future

Mar 11, 2016 | 09:15 GMT
A picture taken with a mobile phone early on May 24, 2014 shows Al-Qaeda militants posing with Al-Qaeda flags in front of a museum in Seiyun, second Yemeni city of Hadramawt province, after launching a massive pre-dawn assault that killed at least 15 soldiers and police. The assault in Hadramawt, a jihadist stronghold that has seen large-scale attacks on the army in the past, came as troops pressed a month-old ground offensive against Al-Qaeda in Abyan and Shabwa provinces to the west. AFP PHOTO / STR (Phot
Since its formation in 2009, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has risen to prominence within Yemen's abiding jihadist movement.
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Yemen has long been a hotbed of jihadist activity. That history has also included discord among the various jihadi groups, including animosity between Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and the Islamic State. Despite the discord, expect both groups to remain a persistent threat in the country....

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