Coming Crawling Back: ISIS Seeks Alliance with Al-Qaeda

From Reuters: Islamic State is talking to al Qaeda about a possible alliance as Iraqi troops close in on IS fighters in Mosul, Iraqi Vice President Ayad Allawi said in an interview on Monday. Allawi said he got the information on Monday from Iraqi and regional contacts knowledgeable about Iraq. "The discussion has started now," … Continue reading Coming Crawling Back: ISIS Seeks Alliance with Al-Qaeda

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Why the hell is Yemen shooting at the U.S. Navy?

(Note: This article originally incorrectly stated that Ali Abdullah Saleh was a Sunni; he is in fact a Zaydi.  It also stated that Bahrain and Kuwait's royal families descended from Yemeni tribes; they do not.  The content has now been updated to correct these inaccuracies.)  Of course, it isn't Yemen shooting the Navy at all, but … Continue reading Why the hell is Yemen shooting at the U.S. Navy?

Al-Qaeda Returns: Or, Why The Hell Hasn’t Al-Qaeda In Yemen Been Dealt With?

Last week's attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris still has fuzzy details, but we seem to be united on at least one: al-Qaeda is back.  Truthfully, though, al-Qaeda never went anywhere; like Jason Voorhees, al-Qaeda was always just waiting in the woods.  The Islamic State may have been Terrorists of the Year in 2014, but … Continue reading Al-Qaeda Returns: Or, Why The Hell Hasn’t Al-Qaeda In Yemen Been Dealt With?