And what's an affiliate anyway?
It's not the Al Qaeda resurgence, Sunni-Shiite fault line narrative you've been hearing.
There are some strange elements to this report.
An atrocity in the strategic Syrian town of Saraqeb is a reminder that the landscape of that country's civil war is a place where angels fear to tread.
An Arab League official indicates a cease-fire is unlikely as Syrian President Assad has signaled little support. Meanwhile, the conflict is showing signs of spilling into Lebanon and Jordan.
The massacre in Houla, Syria, over the weekend pushed Russia to finally denounce the atrocities there. But Moscow also warned that the regime of Bashar al-Assad faces threats from Al Qaeda. Al Qaeda's future in Syria depends on how Sunnis there respond to foreign jihadi fighters.
So far, reports of the arrest of Al Qaeda's Saif al-Adel, once the group's top military planners, in Cairo don't appear to be correct.
America’s enemies, having failed to counter US missile capabilities abroad, may now have an opportunity to see them defeated on American soil. Pentagon budget cuts threaten the new Joint Air to Ground Missile (JAGM) program, which can save funds and lives.