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

Update and Assessment: May 5, 2015
By The Editors , May 5, 2015

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

2015 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: May 1
By Alexis Knutsen, May 1, 2015

Yemen’s ongoing crisis with the al Houthis is allowing pro-Islamic State in Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) cells to emerge throughout the country. A pro-ISIS group in Yemen attacked Yemeni security forces in Hadramawt, eastern Yemen, where al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is known to have a strong presence. Pro-ISIS groups in Yemen have so far carried out attacks in territory with strong al Houthi influence and have not before attacked in Hadramawt.

2015 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: April 29
By Alexis Knutsen, April 29, 2015

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) continues to benefit from Yemen’s crisis and remains in control of territory in southern Hadramawt. Some local populations, however, are protesting AQAP’s presence in the region. Nevertheless, AQAP is able to use the al Houthis’ military expansion in central Yemen as a means to cooperate with local tribes and maintain its operational reach.

Update and Assessment: April 28, 2015
By The Editors , April 28, 2015

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

2015 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: April 23
By Daniel O'Keefe, April 23, 2015

The al Houthis have portrayed the end of the Saudi-led Operation Decisive Storm as a victory and continue to fight for control of territory in eastern and central Yemen. The Saudi-led coalition is continuing its air campaign under the new campaign, Operation Restoring Hope. There does not yet appear to be sufficient momentum to bring the al Houthis to the negotiating table in order to reach a political solution in Yemen.

2015 Saudi-led Intervention in Yemen: Order of Battle
By Charles Caris, April 23, 2015

This Order of Battle (ORBAT) describes the structure and placement of the Saudi-led coalition forces involved in Operations Decisive Storm and Restoring Hope in Yemen.

2015 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: April 21
By Alexis Knutsen, April 21, 2015

Saudi Arabia and coalition members announced the end of “Operation Decisive Storm” and the beginning of “Operation Restoring Hope” in Yemen, noting initial objectives had been achieved.

Update and Assessment: April 21, 2015
By The Editors , April 21, 2015

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

2015 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: April 17
By Alexis Knutsen, April 17, 2015

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is partnering with local tribes in Yemen’s eastern Hadramawt governorate to seize and consolidate territory. The Yemeni military has been unable to staunch the militants’ advance.

The Growing Cyberthreat from Iran: The Initial Report of Project Pistachio Harvest

Iran is emerging as a significant cyberthreat to the US and its allies. The size and sophistication of the nation’s hacking capabilities have grown markedly over the last few years, and Iran has already penetrated well-defended networks in the US and Saudi Arabia and seized and destroyed sensitive data.