Now Al-Qaida Is A Worse Threat
But Obama claimed he won the war on terror.
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The recent kidnapping of more than 300 Nigerian women students by Boko Haram with the threat of selling them, the rise of al-Shabaab in Somalia and the sudden prominence of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria is symptomatic of a new and disturbing trend, according to analysts.
Along with this rise of new transnational terrorist groups in the Middle East and Africa is the morphing of al-Qaida into new franchises that operate independently from the central leadership in Pakistan under Ayman al-Zawahiri.
They include al-Qaida in the Arab Peninsula, or AQAP, and al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM.
AQIM is splitting into two separate operations in its base country, Algeria, in the north and south, making any anti-terrorism effort in an already difficult region more challenging.
ISIS, which originated as al-Qaida in Iraq, under the late terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, believes in strict Islamic law. It is so violent that even al-Qaida central has disassociated itself with it.
Nevertheless, it has been able to attract some 2,100 foreign fighters, including some from the United States.