Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is an Al Qaeda affiliate group based in the Arabian Peninsula and was formed in January 2009. It operates primarily in Yemen and occasionally recruits from Saudi Arabia. Of all the Al Qaeda affiliates, AQAP has been the most effective and dedicated to projecting attacks against the West. Mohammed Saeed al Shamrani, who committed the Pensacola Naval Air Station shooting in December 2019, was reportedly recruited and radicalized by AQAP.