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Insight: In Yemen, al Qaeda gains sympathy amid U.S. drone strikes

A MQ-9 Reaper UAV launches a Hellfire missile.On January 23, science teacher Ali Nasser al-Qawli had finished supervising school exams in the Yemeni village of Khawlan and was enjoying an afternoon with friends when he encountered the strangers.
 

U.S., Britain suspend aid to north Syria after Islamists seize weapons store

Free Syrian Army fighters.The United States and Britain suspended non-lethal aid to northern Syria after Islamist fighters seized Western-backed rebel weapons warehouses, highlighting fears that supplies could end up in the wrong hands.
   

Kurdish militants free four abducted Turkish soldiers

A Kurdish fighter.Four Turkish soldiers abducted by Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants were released early on Monday in southeast Turkey's Diyarbakir province after Kurdish politicians intervened on their behalf, security sources told Reuters.
   

Car bomb attacks across Iraq kill at least 39

Wreckage burns following an attack in Iraq.Car bombs killed at least 39 people across Iraq on Sunday and wounded more than 120, mainly targeting busy commercial streets in and around the capital, police sources said.
   

Al Qaeda thrives in Yemen amid weak security, stalled dialogue

A Yemeni soldier manning a machinegun.Brazen al Qaeda attacks on top government targets in Yemen are unlikely to abate while security services remain divided, ill-equipped and infiltrated by militants, and efforts to repair the country's fractured political life remain stalled.
   

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