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Aden Abyan Islamic Army

group name

Aden Abyan Islamic Army (AAIA), also known as the Islamic Army of Aden (IAA).


Last known to operate in Yemen.

stated purpose

AAIA seeks the establishment of Yemen as an Islamist state.


Probably less than 50.

Officials familiar with Yemen's AAIA suspect that Osama bin Laden provided support to the Yemeni group in exchange for AAIA's public support of the Al-Qaida agenda. Links to Al-Qaida may have been indirect through the jihad network that resulted from mujahideen participation in the Afghanistan...

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