Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Map of the American War against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

Frontline has an excellent Google Maps mashup of the American war against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).  The map does a good job showing how the war in Yemen had been a sideshow of the greater Global War on Terrorism until President Barack Obama significantly increased drone strikes against the terrorist group in 2010.

Red markers represent American attacks against AQAP while blue markers show AQAP activities against Western targets.  The map ignores the other pressing issues in Yemen:  AQAP war against the government of Yemen, the Huthi rebellion in the northwest, and the Arab Spring micro-civil war.

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