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Please find below the most recent in-depth analysis pieces from CriticalThreats.org.

Update and Assessment: June 10, 2015
By The Editors , June 10, 2015

The Critical Threats Project releases a weekly update and assessment on Iran and the al Qaeda network.

2015 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: June 9
By Alexis Knutsen, June 9, 2015

The al Houthis fired a Scud missile into Saudi Arabia, marking the first time ballistic missiles have been used in the current conflict. The use of a ballistic weapon will likely continue to escalate fighting between al Houthi and Saudi Arabia forces along the border and could potentially derail UN-brokered talks in Geneva scheduled for June 14.

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula Mid-Level Leadership
By Joshua Koontz, June 3, 2015

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s (AQAP) ability to produce and train new leaders remains unabated despite years of Yemeni and U.S. counterterrorism operations. AQAP’s resilience stems from its formalized mid-level leadership structure with three components: a chain of command, a training and education program, and a consistent promotion process.

Update and Assessment: June 3, 2015
By The Editors , June 3, 2015

The Critical Threats Project releases a weekly update and assessment on Iran and the al Qaeda network.

Saudi Unit Deployments to the Yemeni Border (Jizan, Asir, and Najran Regions)
By Charles Caris, June 2, 2015

Saudi military deployments to the Yemeni border since Operation Decisive Storm (now Operation Restoring Hope) was launched on March 25, 2015, are drawn from both Royal Saudi Land Forces and Saudi Arabian National Guard units.

2015 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: June 1
By Daniel O'Keefe, June 1, 2015

U.S. officials are participating in talks with the al Houthi movement in Oman, marking the first reported direct engagement between the two sides, according to reports. The talks may advance the ongoing political negotiations to resolve Yemen’s current crisis.

2015 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: May 27
By Alexis Knutsen, May 27, 2015

A senior Iranian military official acknowledged that al Houthi forces have been receiving Iranian training, the first time an Iranian military leader has done so publicly. The acknowledgement, which also touted Iran’s missile capabilities, came as the al Houthis continued to fire artillery into Saudi Arabian territory. The Al Houthis claim to have developed longer range missile capabilities.

Update and Assessment: May 27, 2015
By The Editors , May 27, 2015

he Critical Threats Project releases a weekly update and assessment on Iran and the al Qaeda network.

2015 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: May 20
By Daniel O'Keefe, May 20, 2015

The United Nations announced that it will host Yemeni political talks in Geneva on May 28 and encouraged all parties in the Yemen conflict to participate without preconditions. The talks would be the first resumption of inclusive dialogue since the start of Saudi airstrikes in Yemen. Both the al Houthis and Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s government signaled they would have conditions for participation.

Update and Assessment: May 19, 2015
By The Editors , May 19, 2015

The Critical Threats Project releases a weekly update and assessment on Iran and the al Qaeda network.