Inside the Ring: Al Qaeda, Islamic State Teaming Up

Islamic State demonstrators chant pro-al Qeada messages in Mosul

U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria have prompted several central al Qaeda groups, including its two most dangerous regional affiliates, to reconsider their opposition to the ultraviolent offshoot organization.

Questions Raised About Ties Between Brookings Institution, Qatar’s Government

Al Qaeda linked Ahrar al-Sham brigade in Syria / AP

Recent revelations of significant financial ties between the Brookings Institution and Qatar’s government are raising new questions about the policy positions of the influential Washington think tank—including one top scholar’s writings about an al Qaeda-linked group, known as Ahrar al-Sham, that is funded by a terrorist financier linked to the Qatari royal family.