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Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Al Qaeda tightens grip on Syrian city

November 6th, 2013
07:23 PM ET

They came claiming to help. In this CNN exclusive, the Syrian town of Raqqa lives a tragic reality under Al Qaeda control.

ISIS, the hardline wing of the Syrian rebel forces, has prompted reactionary protest from the local inhabitants. Dissenters are beaten and women’s rights are under threat.

On town walls, graffiti reads, “Bashar and ISIS are one”. Many now lament whether the revolutions is indeed at an end.

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Syria's divided future?

November 6th, 2013
12:00 PM ET

Becky talks to two former senior foreign diplomats and asks what can be done in Syria considering the growing power of al Qaeda in the region.

Read: Inside Syrian town living under al Qaeda reign of fear

Former British Foreign Secretary Lord Owen and previous U.S. Ambassador to Syria Ted Kattouf say a partition is the only solution to the war in Syria.

Syria's foreign fighters

November 5th, 2013
01:24 PM ET

Al Qaeda has swept to power with the aim of imposing a strict Islamist ideology on Syrians across large swathes of Syria's rebel-held north, according to a CNN survey of towns, activists and analysts that reveals an alarming increase in al Qaeda-linked control in just the past month.

Al Qaeda-backed militants known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are the predominant military force in northern Syria, according to activists and seasoned observers, and have a powerful influence over the majority of population centers in the rebel-held north.

Becky speaks to EU Counterterrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove tells us what's being done to stem the flow of jihadis into Syria.