Apart from the affiliate in Yemen

other Al-Qaeda offshoots in Iraq, Somalia and Africa's Sahel region are more focused on local adversaries and shoring up their position, the official said. The network's branch in ralph lauren outlet the arid Sahel region of Africa, known as Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, is seeking to take advantage of unrest in Mali after a March coup, fighting in alliance with Tuareg separatist rebels. In Somalia, Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents have lost "a great deal of their momentum and their popularity," partly because of military defeats and their refusal to allow outside food aid into territory under their control, the official said. Blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng is now under U.S. protection in Beijingafter fleeing from house arrest, a U.S.-based rights group said on Saturday, threatening to open up a new front of tensions between the two governments. The United States has not provided any official confirmation of reports from rights activists that Chen, who was spirited away from house arrest at his home in Shandong province, had fled into the U.S. embassy.

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