Yemen's AQAP: Al-Qaeda's most active arm

An image grab from a video released on March 29, 2014 by Al-Malahem Media, the media arm of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, allegedly shows AQAP jihadists listening to their chief Nasser al-Wuhayshi at an undisclosed location in YemenAl-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which is reported to have trained one of the two suspects in the deadly attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo, is seen by Washington as the jihadist network’s most dangerous branch. It was formed in January 2009 as a merger of the Yemeni and Saudi branches of Al-Qaeda and is led by Nasser al-Wuhayshi. AQAP has a record of launching attacks far from its base in Yemen, including a bid to blow up a US airliner over Michigan on Christmas Day in 2009. AQAP’s English-language propaganda magazine “Inspire” has urged jihadists to carry out “lone wolf” attacks abroad.

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