Assad and Al Qaeda-linked jihadists vie for control of the country — and its chemical weapons.
Al Qaeda, under the AP Stylebook, is no longer an Islamist group, even though its entire mission is Islamism. Its goal is to establish Islamic states under Islamic law. If you remove that aspect of it, then it no longer has an ideology.
Bloggers arrested, sexual assaults skyrocketing, while the U.S. sends more support to the Islamist regime.
Aside from his undistinguished tenure as Minister of the Interior, when he accidentally or deliberately allowed the Salafist attack on the US embassy to take place, Ali was caught up in a gay scandal when a videotape was released of him having sex with another man while in prison.