Nonresident Senior Fellow Nadwa al-Dawsari Quoted on Islamic State in Yemen

In an article for the New York Times, POMED Nonresident Senior Fellow Nadwa al-Dawsari is quoted on the threat of Islamic State rising in Yemen.

Nadwa al-Dawsari, a Yemeni analyst and nonresident fellow at the Project on Middle East Democracy in Washington, said there was a widespread perception in southern Yemen that the threat from the Islamic State was “manufactured.” That perception was fueled by the group’s “invisibility,” as well as Mr. Saleh’s well-documented history of manipulating extremist groups for his own ends, including to win financial and military support from the United States for counterterrorism operations, she said.

But whether the Islamic State has grown organically or not, “the threat is real and the threat is strong,” Ms. Dawsari said.

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