http://vimeo.com/72417634 After years of striking mostly local targets, militant groups have emerged from the Sahara desert to become a strategic threat to all of North Africa. The resurgence of Al Qaeda and affiliated groups comes at a time when some regional governments are weaker than ever in the wake of the Arab Awakening. The organization and its affiliates will likely shape regional security in the years to come. CSIS. Ag. 16, 2013.