Dozens of top intelligence and military officers have been assassinated in recent months in a savage campaign widely attributed to jihadists while complex attacks have been conducted against key military installations, all indicating al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula is still a force with which to be reckoned.
The group, considered the most dangerous of al-Qaida’s affiliates from the badlands of northern Pakistan to Morocco, includes some of the network’s most effective commanders, bomb-makers and ideologues.

Despite heavy losses, including several important leaders, from U.S. airstrikes in the last couple of years, AQAP remains a coherent force that counterinsurgency analysts say is steadily regrouping.