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James Mattis Presses for Political Solution to Yemen War on Mideast Tour

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis pressed for a political settlement of the Yemen conflict between the Saudi-led coalition and Iran-backed Shiite Houthi rebels when he arrived in the Riyadh this week as part of a multi-nation tour of the Middle East and North Africa.


Bin Laden’s Son Urges Saudis to Train with Al Qaeda to Overthrow Kingdom

Hamza bin Laden, the son of the late al Qaeda leader, has urged young Saudis in a new audio message to train with al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to “gain the necessary experience” to overthrow Saudi Arabia’s kingdom, a U.S. ally, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks jihadi activity online.

The Associated Press

Yemen: Al Qaeda Controls More Territory than Houthis, Islamic State

A resurgent al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is capitalizing on the deadly civil war in Yemen, emerging as the strongest jihadist group in the country while a Saudi-led coalition concentrates on routing the Shiite Houthis and the West focuses on the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL).