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Suspension of a CIA program that armed and trained the rebels leaves them with few options. Some may join the US-backed anti-ISIS campaign, but others may join jihadists to pursue their campaign against Assad. Some already have.
Though the recent spike in hotel attacks appears aimed at foreigners, the destruction of these hotels often leave citizens without access to important spots for business and social life.
The attack over the weekend, which left at least 29 dead, appears to fulfill warnings that Islamist terrorists are moving into previously untouched parts of Africa.
Michael Riddering was among the at least 28 people who died in the attack, which triggered a siege lasting more than 12 hours.
Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb claimed responsibility for the attack. Security forces killed four jihadist attackers and rescued more than 126 people.
The release puts the prison population below 100 for the first time since shortly after it opened in 2002. There are now 93 still held.
A retreat by NATO-trained Afghan forces in Kunduz this fall came after more than a decade of military operations against the Taliban. Many recognize the need to include the group in any political settlement.
The American member of Al Shabab, Abdilmalik Jones, reportedly told Somali forces that he had switched his allegiance to the Islamic State and feared for his life.
The travel alert is in effect until Feb. 24 and warns about possible attacks by the Islamic State and other terrorist groups.
Recent attacks on Shiite Houthi targets in Yemen indicate that the Islamic State is trying to position itself as the Sunnis' protector. But it faces a crowded field.
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