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What does AQAP stand for?

AQAP stands for Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (Islamist group)

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Al-Qaeda in Yemen remains a serious threat to the United States despite the death of Anwar al-Awlaqi, a prominent jihadist, a Yemen-based expert on Islamic militant groups, told AFP, a senior fellow at the US think tank Brookings and a former CIA agent, said in a commentary that the killing was a "significant setback for Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) but far from a fatal blow," pointing out that Awlaqi was neither a top ranking commander nor a bomb-maker.
Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd on Saturday said Awlaqi was known as the spiritual leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula," he added.
The image also concerns Australian intelligence officials because of the role Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula plays, along with Yemen, in the global jihad, attracting Western-born Muslims who can be trained in the Middle East and then sent back to the West to undertake attacks.
I think it is a real concern because the most active and at this point perhaps the most aggressive branch of Al-Qaeda, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula said that, according to US spy agencies, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula could be close to launching an attack as the group may be seeking to capitalize on unrest roiling the Arab country.
The warning followed the botched Christmas bombing of a US airliner which was claimed by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) -- the local Al-Qaeda franchise.