February 15, 2014

New al-Qaeda Makes Old al-Qaeda Look Wimpy

Con Coughlin, Daily Telegraph

The Associated Press

There is something rather laughable about the fugitive leader of al-Qaeda railing – as he has been recently – against the violent tactics employed by a new generation of Islamist militants.

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