In Northern Africa, al Qaeda's affiliate has carried out a series of bombings, killings, and other attacks in recent weeks. The violence has raised concerns in the United States and Europe. Some analysts speculate this may be a criminal gang out for money, with no ideological agenda. Others say these are al Qaeda members fleeing Iraq and setting up shop in the Islamic Mahgreb, who will expand out of Algeria into other Northern African states. New York Times reporter Eric Schmitt joins The Takeaway with more of the story.
For more, read Eric Schmitt's article, Qaeda Branch Steps Up Raids in North Africa, in The New York Times.