first published on May 5, 2019 by Sean
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) conducts several attacks on isolated vehicles of an unidentified adversary. The intense GoPro video is a rare glimpse inside the underreported sideshow conflict in Yemen that predates the current Houthi war.
The brutal war raging in Yemen between the Saudi-led coalition and the Iranian backed Houthi rebels is one of the worst current humanitarian crises’ in the world – famine and endless Saudi airstrikes plague much of the country. However, there is also a sideshow conflict raging between AQAP and the Yemeni government that predates the three-plus-year Houthi war.
AQAP has been operating in Yemen for over a decade now and has played a continually antagonistic role throughout the country’s endless internal problems. Formed after combining both Yemeni and Saudi al-Qaeda wings in 2009, the group launched terrorist attacks against the west and established an emirate during the 2011 revolution. Using the revolution, and then the simmering Houthi conflict as an anarchic backdrop, the active terrorist organization managed to secure a strong foothold in the country.