The splintering of Middle Eastern nation states along ethno-religious lines continues to foster odd alliances. Just as the United States and Iran now form an "axis of the unlikely" in fighting the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, so al Qaeda and conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer are unlikely allies in rallying opposition to the Houthi rebels who deposed the pro-American government in Yemen last week.
After Krauthammer warned last Friday that that the pro-Iranian Houthis (whose religion is a sect of Shiia Islam) are part of Iran's "emerging empire," al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released an infographic, showing the Houthi rebels have been the group's primary target in the past three months (followed by the Yemeni military, and then American and French interests in Yemen.) The Charlie Hebdo massacre, for which AQAP takes credit, was one 205 armed actions mounted in the past three months, according to the group.
"AQAP may have felt the need to release the infographics in order to showcase its own successes despite the progress of the Houthi rebels," says the U.S.-based Long War Journal.