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Essential reading for anyone interested in AQAP, Yemen and CT policy,
This review is from: The Last Refuge: Yemen, Al-Qaeda, and America's War in Arabia (Hardcover)
Having traveled to Yemen and followed AQAP closely for awhile I was particularly excited when this book came out. Mr. Johnsen does a great job of detailing the history behind jihadists in Yemen which is much more varied and complex than one would assume. He writes many of the chapters in a narrative format and his style is both thrilling and informative. He makes a strong case against the over-reliance on drone strikes in fighting AQAP. The one thing I would have added would be a more extensive conclusion detailing possible options such as economic and political measures that could be used in tandem with a security approach.