al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)

Image: Official Flag/Logo of AQAPAl-Qa‘ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is a Sunni extremist group based in Yemen that has orchestrated numerous high-profile terrorist attacks. 2003 claimed responsibility for simultaneous suicide bombing attacks on the Western housing complex in Riyadh, which left 29 dead.  May 2004 militants shot dead five Western workers at a petrochemical complex in the north-western Red Sea city of Yanbu; 29 May more than 20 foreign and Saudi nationals were killed in attacks on three sites in the city of al-Khobar, increasing fears of political instability and pushing up global oil prices. 2004 Allegedly kidnapped and beheaded Paul Johnson, an American helicopter engineer who lived in Saudi Arabia. One of the most notable AQAP operations occurred when it dispatched Nigerian-born Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who attempted to detonate an explosive device aboard a Northwest Airlines flight on 25 December 2009. AQAP's tactics…

al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), also known as al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula, Tanzim Qa'idat Al-Jihad Fi Jazirat Arab, Ansar al Sharia, Ansar al Sharia in Arabian Peninsula is an active group formed c. 2003.
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