Hostage Murders in Yemen a Coup for Al-Qaida

December 8, 2014 8:38 PM

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A failed raid to rescue American Luke Somers bumps the Islamic State group from the headlines – for now.

Al-Qaida militants in Yemen may have lost hostages and the prospect of ransom money in recent days, but a bloody and ultimately unsuccessful U.S. commando rescue attempt guaranteed the extremists at least one thing: continued relevance.

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