Yemen: UAE-led Security Offensive in Shabwah: Stalemate Against AQAP?

In early August, UAE-backed local forces launched a large-scale offensive aimed at clearing AQAP from urban areas, re-establishing security along the major highways through Shabwah and securing pipelines and oil and gas infrastructure in the north of the governorate. The offensive was preceded by several months of deteriorating security across Abyan and adjacent areas.