Matthias J. Sulz is the Gulf Research Manager at ACLED. He joined in 2017 and oversees data collection and analysis in Yemen, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries. He holds an MA degree in International Security at Sciences Po. His research interests include non-state-actors in the MENA region, state fragility, and security sector reform.

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).…