October 7, 2015

TSG IntelBrief: The Islamic State Exploits Chaos in Yemen

• A new Yemeni wilaya of the Islamic State claimed credit for four suicide car bombings in Aden that killed 11 Yemeni and four Emirati soldiers

• The group calls itself Wilaya Aden-Abyan, likely paying homage to the terrorist group that was affiliated with al-Qaeda in the 1990s

• The group is following its playbook from Iraq and Syria, using suicide bombings to exploit the instability and insecurity caused by regional proxy armed conflict

• The only groups benefiting from the war in Yemen are the Islamic State and the more well-established al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, presenting another enormous challenge to the country and the region.