Al QAIDA, AQIM & AQAP in the
wake of ‘THE ARAB SPRING’
The excitement - and surprise at the Arab and North
African political upheavals have led many to believe
that Al Qaida, having lost its inspirational leader,
had become irrelevant, following the unfolding events
in Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, etc.
It can be seen there in
the affected nations, that Islamic politicians are
steadily achieving objectives in gaining power, whilst
Islamic terror is losing influence in the places in
which they have operated.
But Al Qaida is a resilient beast and has already
spawned two significant offshoots: Al Qaida in the
Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), and Al Qaida in the Arabic
Peninsula (AQAP). It can be seen, from the examples of
‘the underpants bomber,’ trained and his operation
launched from the Yemen, followed then by the
airfreighted explosive disguised as Copy toner
cartridges - intended for detonation in the US, that
AQAP have the same ambitions to impact the western
world, as did Al Qaida on 9/11.
Those two failed terrorist acts were neutralised by a
combination of luck and good security work, but it
clearly revealed the potential reach and international
ambitions of this spin-off from Osama bin Laden’s
firstborn. Whilst the Arab Spring seems to demonstrate
that working within the new democratic political
system is successful for Islamist politicians,
nevertheless as we explain, the terror organisations
have established themselves, enjoying the vast open
spaces of the Sahel to the south of the predominantly
Arab states of the Mediterranean littoral. a situation
described in this essay by Alessandro Bruno, the noted
analyst and specialist in the region.
AQAP located in the
almost ungovernable wastes of Yemen, has found a home
in what is effectively a failed state, but so placed
as to have the capability of making great mischief in
the Red Sea and Arabian peninsula.
Our report looks in some depth at this dangerous scene
and how and where these terror groups are operating
and funding themselves.
AL QAIDA, AQIM & AQAP IN THE WAKE
OF 'THE ARAB SPRING'