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Topic - Ahmed Ali
He was an obscure compromise candidate when unexpectedly elected prime minister in 2006. Against all odds, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is still on the job, and holds a worrying level of power in Iraq as he heads into a meeting Friday with President Obama to discuss the still-troubled state of his nation — a decade after the U.S.-led military action that ousted dictator Saddam Hussein.
Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour said Thursday that elements in the country want to plunge it into turmoil, and the military issued a stern warning against violence a day before large protests are planned by supporters and opponents of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.
Seven Egyptian security guards taken hostage while traveling through the Sinai peninsula were freed Wednesday.
Rebel forces and armed civilians are rounding up thousands of black Libyans and migrants from sub-Sahara Africa, accusing them of fighting for ousted strongman Moammar Gadhafi and holding them in makeshift jails across the capital.
Yemen's president, out of the country recuperating from wounds from an attack on his palace, still has a powerful hand on the ground at home: his son. Ahmed Ali Saleh commands Yemen's most highly trained troops, has them deployed in the streets of the capital and seems determined to preserve his father's rule against enormous pressure at home and abroad.
A Bakersfield man has been sentenced to five years in prison after admitting to working illegally as an agent for the government of Yemen.
Computer files maintained by a "cyber-terrorist" gang in the United Kingdom included a threat by 45 Muslim doctors said to be planning an attack on the Mayport Naval Base in Jacksonville, Fla., and other U.S. sites using car bombs and rocket grenades.
"What's important to understand is that the violence is also related to politics in Iraq," said Ahmed Ali, an analyst at the Institute for the Study of War, a conservative think tank.
While U.S. aid, including potentially drones and enhanced intelligence support, may help in the fight against al Qaeda, it will likely come at the price of furthering Mr. al-Maliki's hold on power, said Mr. Ali.