January 15, 2015 | The Los Angeles Times

Yemen Branch of Al Qaeda Says it Planned Paris Attack

Western intelligence officials have struggled to unravel the plot in part because of the violent three-way power struggle that has convulsed Yemen in recent months.

In a sign of the difficulties, the U.S. has not launched any drone strikes against AQAP leaders since Nov. 12, said analysts with the website Long War Journal, which tracks such attacks. The two-month pause contrasts with an average of two drone strikes a month in Yemen over the previous 12 months.

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