Al Qaida Schisms

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.  — Yeats

Events in multiple theaters over the the past six months have pointed to ever-widening schisms between the Taliban/AQ, within the Taliban, and the same holds true for other Al Qaida aligned groups. The recent battles in Wana seen here in many earlier posts, and the continuing segmentation of Al Qaida point to a clear lack of central organized leadership. For the latest good news in this continuing story please stop by The Fourth Rail, where Bill Roggio details the rifts in Iraq, which are even wider and more disastrous for AQ than those in Pakistan. [Editor’s note: all written content of this blog is copyrighted, however the jpg posted in this article only titled “al-qaida-schism.jpg” may be used by anyone, feel free to copy it.]