September 27, 2012
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula: Leaders and their Networks
Core leaders, such as AQAP leader Nasser al Wahayshi, deputy leader Said al Shihri, military commander Qasim al Raymi, explosives expert Ibrahim al Asiri, and shari’a official Ibrahim al Rubaish, have all been operational in Yemen or Saudi Arabia for over a decade and, in many cases, worked together prior to AQAP’s establishment in January 2009. Many of AQAP’s leaders, including Anwar al Awlaki, a Yemeni-American radical cleric killed in September 2011, were also in direct communication with al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden or his deputy, Atiyah Abd al Rahman, in Pakistan.
This slide deck provides information on AQAP’s leaders, both current and former, and their networks.
Brendan Zegers contributed research to this slide deck.