Death of No. 2 No Setback for Al Qaeda in Yemen

They just keep making more


Less than 24 hours after the Yemeni defense ministry reported the death of Said al-Shihri, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)'s No. 2, the Yemeni capital shook as a car bomb targeting Yemeni Minister of Defense Mohamed Ali Nasser exploded outside the prime minister's office in Sanaa.

The attack left at least 13 dead, but failed to injure the minister himself. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but suspicion immediately fell to AQAP, the attack serving as a reminder that despite facing numerous setbacks recently, the Yemen-based Al Qaeda franchise remains a dire threat to this nation's tenuous stability.