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The rise of al-Qaeda’s franchises
Asia Times Online
January 5, 2012
The recent series of deadly bombings in Baghdad and Damascus that killed scores of civilians and agents of state have brought the phrase “al-Qaeda” back into the reckoning.
The attacks occurred at the tail-end of 2011, a year in which the organization’s original kernel was deemed pulverized to irrelevance through American-led global military and financial efforts.
The United States military-bereft Iraqi government blamed “al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia” for ghastly serialized explosions that killed scores of citizens, mainly Shi’ites, on December 22.
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