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BAAD - Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) - 2012


Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)

Al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is a highly active al-Qa’ida affiliate that mainly operates in Yemen. It was founded in 2009 as a merger between al-Qa’ida in Yemen (AQY) and al-Qa’ida in Saudi Arabia under the current leadership of Nasser al-Wuhayshi with greater allegiance to al-Qa’ida core.[2] AQAP’s main predecessor, al-Qa’ida in Yemen, formed in the early 1990s, in response to the United States’ presence in Yemen as well as in response to internal sociopolitical issues within Yemen.[3] U.S. military actions influenced the group’s first coordinated attack in which they bombed the USS Cole, a navy vessel that was destroyed i...

Quick Facts for 2012

Founded:
2009

Fatalities:
1558 (Total of 1998 through 2012)

Ideologies:
Religious

Strength:
Approximately 1,000

Territorial Control:
Controls Territory (1)

Funding through Drug Trafficking:
No

Sorry, but there are no organizational details available for this group at this time.

Legend

Primary Ideology

  • Ag = Anti-Globalization
  • An = Anarchist
  • En = Ethnic
  • Ev = Environmental
  • Le = Leftist
  • Re = Religious
  • Ri = Rightist
  • Se = Separatist
  • Su = Supremacist
  • Vi = Vigilante

Relationship

  •  Ally
  •  Suspected Ally
  •  Rival
  •  Violence
  •  Mixed Relations

Lethality

  •  Blue 0 - 1479 fatalities
  •  Green 1479 - 2958 fatalities
  •  Yellow 2958 - 4437 fatalities
  •  Orange 4437 - 5916 fatalities
  •  Red 5916 - 7396 fatalities

Lethality is calculated as the total number of fatalities from 1998-2012.

Strength

Icon sizes depict approximate relative sizes of the organizations.

  • Smallest 0 - 10 members
  •   11 - 100 members
  •   101 - 1000 members
  •   1001 - 10000 members
  • Largest > 10000 members

Other Notes

Icons with no color coding or ideology icon have no detailed data at this time, and are provided as relationship information only.