January 13, 2014

Where al-Qaeda's Next Comeback Could Be

Bruce Riedel, The Daily Beast

The Associated Press

With the fight for Fallujah, Al-Qaeda has roared back to life in Iraq—a scenario that could easily repeat itself in Afghanistan and Pakistan if the U.S. isn’t careful.

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TAGGED: Iraq, Fallujah, Al-Qaeda, Pakistan, Afghanistan


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