March 28, 2012

Battling the al-Qaeda Hydra

Ian Bremmer & David Gordon, New York Times

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While the threat to the homeland is diminished, the demise of 'Al Qaeda central' is coinciding with a resurgence of radical extremist Sunni political activism. The two trends are connected, and present a growing challenge to U.S. interests.

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TAGGED: Iraq, al-Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden, Afghanistan, Africa, Syria, Libya, al Qaeda, Mali, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb


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