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The “Islamic State” Challenges al-Qaeda in Yemen

By Adam Simpson
December 18, 2015

Since the nation-state of Yemen collapsed in early 2015, violent extremist groups have operated with near-impunity. Although the primary conflict remains between those forces linked to President Abdrabbo Mansour Hadi and Ansar Allah (the dominant Houthi militia), the deadly competition amidst this conflict between al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and the local Daesh (“Islamic State”) affiliate, Wilayat al-Yemen, will have far reaching ramifications for the future of Yemen and its neighbors in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

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Adam Simpson is the Project Assistant for the Middle East Strategy Task Force, an initiative of the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East.