January 10, 2014

Syria Spillover Is Redrawing the Mideast Map

Benjamin Barthe, Worldcrunch

The Associated Press

The Syrian conflict and the surrounding chaos are allowing al-Qaeda to reinforce its presence in the region, starting with Iraq and Lebanon.

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TAGGED: Al-Qaeda, Fallujah, Anbar Province, Baghdad, Beirut, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Middle East


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