In this photo taken on June 15, 2013 shop owners stand in front of their shops as people shop in Mosul, 225 miles (360 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq. Al-Qaida's Iraq arm is gai

 

              In this photo taken on June 15, 2013 shop owners stand in front of their shops as people shop in Mosul, 225 miles (360 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq. Al-Qaida
In this photo taken on June 15, 2013 shop owners stand in front of their shops as people shop in Mosul, 225 miles (360 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq. Al-Qaida's Iraq arm is gaining strength in the restive northern city of Mosul, reviving its fundraising efforts through gangland-style shakedowns, feeding off anti-government anger and increasingly carrying out attacks with impunity. It is a worrying development for Iraq's third-largest city, one of its main gateways to Syria, as voters prepare to cast ballots for local leaders and al-Qaida makes a push to establish itself as a dominant force among the rebels fighting to topple the Syrian regime. (AP Photo)