Al Qaida’s new tactics deliver old message: U.S. out of the Middle East

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ABU DHABI — Al Qaida’s tactics have clearly changed, but the strategy remains the same — the expulsion of the United States from the Middle East.

A vehicle burns during clashes outside the U.S. embassy in Cairo, Egypt, on Sept. 13. /Hussein Talla/AP

And last week, it worked. They’re now called Salafists, but thousands of them stormed U.S. embassies in Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Sudan, Tunisia and Yemen and their pro-Islamist governments remained passive.

Meanwhile, Yemen and Saudi Arabia have reported the capture of leading Al Qaida operatives.

The government of Yemen President Abbed Rabbo Mansour Hadi said security forces tracked and arrested Abdul Rahman Abu Qadir Al Baihani. Al Baihani was identified as one of the leading fugitives from Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.

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