Al Qaeda Gets Media Makeover in Yemen

March 13, 2015 9:35 PM

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Al Qaeda Gets Media Makeover in Yemen

The drone strike shot through the afternoon sky and slammed into the white Suzuki jeep carrying three al Qaeda militants along a remote road in Yemen’s Marib province, sending up a ball of fire and killing the passengers.

Instead of the standard silence surrounding such top-secret U.S. attacks on Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, the shadowy group sent photos of the charred vehicle and detailed obituaries to reporters within hours. One fighter was engaged, another, the father of a little girl.

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