Rising Al Qaeda in Yemen calls into question US strategy against ISIS
International Business Times - 09/15/2014
As the U.S. and other Western governments ramp up efforts to form an international coalition to fight the Islamic State, another crisis is brewing in the Middle East: Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is trying to gain back both the influence and the territory it once held in the region, particularly in Yemen.
As Yemen falls deeper into political strife and warring militias fight for power, Al Qaeda has found an avenue into the capital itself. The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday more than 60 Al Qaeda fighters had made their way into Sanaa in the past several weeks, taking advantage of the country’s current state of chaos.
“Terrorists love power vacuums — they gain traction there,” said Max Abrahms, a terrorism researcher and professor at Northeastern University.