The Rise of al Qaeda in the Middle East and the US Response

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Al Qaeda is staging a resurgence, from Iraq to Syria to Lebanon. How did it happen? Americans have no appetite for sending troops to intervene in civil wars, and yet, with al Qaeda militants fighting for control of Fallujah and Ramadi, some veterans of the Iraq war are wondering why so many of our troops died to capture those cities. Guest host Judy Muller looks at al Qaeda's resurgence in the Middle East and what it means to the United States. Also, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie faces the cameras in a bridge scandal, and a new poll shows that Americans are dramatically changing their preference for various  electronic devices.  But there are some surprising holdouts.

Banner image: A rebel fighter carries his weapon as he stands near bodies believed to be those of detainees held and executed by fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Photo: Malek Al Shemali/Reuters



Judy Muller