Although splintered, al-Qaeda finds new life in unstable areas


Greg Miller and Joby Warrick
washingtonpost.com
February 4, 2013

Pushed to the brink of collapse in its traditional strongholds, al-Qaeda has staged an unlikely but limited recovery over the past year through affiliates that have taken root in chaotic environments awash in weapons and beyond the reach of the U.S. military and CIA drones.

The groups have taken advantage of political tumult in North Africa and the Middle East, carving out enclaves in Mali, Syria and other locations that have given a previously gasping organization new breathing room.f the terrorist network, scrambling its structure and complicating U.S. assessments of the threat that al-Qaeda represents.

The emerging offshoots have altered the composition of the terrorist network, scrambling its structure and complicating U.S. assessments of the threat that al-Qaeda represents.

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