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This image downloaded from the internet on Nov. 13, 2012, shows the main page of the sabahionline.com website, featuring an image made from video showing al Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahri. At first glance it appears to be a sleek Horn of Africa news site, but in fact the website is run by the U.S. military as part of a propaganda operation aimed at countering extremists in Africa. (Associated Press/Internet)

This image downloaded from the internet on Nov. 13, 2012, shows the main page of the sabahionline.com website, featuring an image made from video showing al Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahri. At first glance it appears to be a sleek Horn of Africa news site, but in fact the website is run by the U.S. military as part of a propaganda operation aimed at countering extremists in Africa. (Associated Press/Internet)

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