The Wartime Transformation of AQAP in Yemen

In late January 2020, an apparent United States (US) drone strike targeted a car in Yakla, a mountainous area situated across Yemen’s Al Bayda and Marib governorates. Inside the car were Qasim Al Raymi and Abu Al Baraa Al Ibbi, the emir and a senior jurist, respectively, of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the local branch of Al Qaeda’s global franchise (Al Masdar, 2 February 2020).…