Al Qaeda's ascendance in Syria
CBS News covers the ascendance of al Qaeda in Syria. Correspondent Lara Logan emphasizes the group's decentralized nature and the consistency of Salafi jihadist ideology, in a rebuke of the distinction of an al Qaeda "core" mentioned in President Barack Obama's speech at the National Defense University on May 23:
"This is not an organization that is divided up into different regions and does their own thing. They are united by their ideology. They make that very plain. they have the same intent. Their intent today is exactly what it was pre-9/11. It's exactly what Osama bin Laden said it was, and it's never changed .... We have this sense that we want to divide everything up .... The fact is, that al Qaeda's ideology is what is at the core."