Across Mideast, Islamic State Group Challenges Al-Qaida, but Veteran Terror Network Adapts

When al-Qaida overran the Yemeni port city of Mukalla last month, the group's commanders immediately struck a deal to share power with the area's tribesmen. No jihadi banners were raised. Al-Qaida even issued a statement denying rumors that it had banned music at parties or men wearing shorts.
A local tribal council now administers the city.
The approach was a stark contrast to al-Qaida's rival, the Islamic State group, notorious for its savagery. And that was precisely the point.

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