In the face of IS successes, al-Qaida adapts, grows stronger
CAIRO (AP) — When al-Qaida overran the Yemeni port city of Mukalla last month, the group's commanders immediately struck a deal to share power with the area's tribesmen. No jihadi banners were raised. Al-Qaida even issued a statement denying rumors that it had banned music at parties or men wearing shorts.
5 December, 2013 Insight: Beheadings and spies help al Qaeda gain ground in Syria By Khaled Yacoub Oweis AMMAN (Reuters) - Armed with machine guns, black-clad al Qaeda fighters drove their pick-ups calmly into the northern Syrian town and took over its imposing agriculture ministry building. The scene in Termanin, recounted by an activist who witnessed it last week, […]
5 June, 2017 Arab nations cut ties with Qatar, saying it backs terror DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia and three Arab countries severed ties to Qatar on Monday and moved to cut off land, sea and air routes to the energy-rich nation that is home to a major U.S. military base, accusing it of supporting regional terror groups.
20 January, 2014 Syria’s Assad accuses France of being a proxy for Saudi, Qatar Syria's President Bashar al-Assad accused France of taking "petrodollars" and becoming a "proxy state" for Qatar and Saudi Arabia, in an exclusive interview with AFP. "France has become a proxy state implementing Qatari policies. This is also what we see happening now between France and […]
12 October, 2016 New challenges in Syria as militants weaponize drones WASHINGTON (AP) — French and Kurdish forces in northern Iraq were attacked by an exploding drone, the Pentagon said Wednesday, adding a new worry to the wars in Iraq and Syria as militant groups learn to weaponize their store-bought drones.
24 March, 2015 Nusra Front quietly rises in Syria as Islamic State targeted BEIRUT (AP) — The Nusra Front, Syria's al-Qaida affiliate, is consolidating power in territory stretching from the Turkish border to central and southern Syria, crushing moderate opponents and forcibly converting minorities using tactics akin to its ultraconservative rival, the […]