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Video footage released by a news outlet in Dubai purportedly shows militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, an umbrella organization of Iraqi insurgent groups operating in Syria, raising the al Qaeda flag above a Catholic church in the northern Syrian city of al-Raqqa.

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Ali Nori Nadir, a Sunni Kurdish interpreter, said those who have aided U.S. troops in Iraq are captured and killed under unknown conditions, and the government blames "insurgents" or "al Qaeda." (Photograph provided by Ali Nori Nadir)

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Ali Nori Nadir, a Sunni Kurdish interpreter, said those who have aided U.S. troops in Iraq are captured and killed under unknown conditions, and the government blames "insurgents" or "al Qaeda." (Photograph provided by Ali Nori Nadir)

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**FILE** Rebels from al Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra wave their brigade flag on Jan. 11, 2013, as they step on the top of a Syrian air force helicopter at a Taftanaz air base in Idlib province in northern Syria that was captured by the rebels. (Associated Press/Edlib News Network)

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Omar Shafik Hammami, a jihadi from Alabama whose nom de guerre was Abu Mansoor Al-Amriki, or "the American," ascended the ranks of Somalia's al-Qaeda-linked militant group al-Shabab high enough to attract a $5 million U.S. government bounty, was killed on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, in an ambush ordered by the militant group's leader, militants said. (AP Photo/FBI)

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Omar Shafik Hammami, a jihadi from Alabama whose nom de guerre was Abu Mansoor Al-Amriki, or "the American," ascended the ranks of Somalia's al-Qaeda-linked militant group al-Shabab high enough to attract a $5 million U.S. government bounty. He was killed on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, in an ambush ordered by the militant group's leader, militants said. (AP Photo/FBI)

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** FILE ** Rebels from al-Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra wave their brigade flag as they step atop a Syrian air force helicopter at the Taftanaz Air Base, which was was captured by the rebels, on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, in Idlib province in northern Syria. (AP Photo/Edlib News Network)

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** FILE ** This frame-grabbed image from video provided by the SITE Intel Group, an U.S. private terrorist-threat-analysis company, purports to show al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri on a Web posting on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/SITE Intel Group)

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Fighters from the al Qaeda-linked Ansar Dine stand guard in Timbuktu, Mali, as they prepare to publicly lash a member of the Islamic Police found guilty of adultery. (Associated Press)

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Security was tight Wednesday at the entrance of Sanaa International Airport in Yemen, where authorities said they foiled an al Qaeda plot to take over key cities and attack strategic ports and gas facilities. (Associated Press)

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Security was tight Wednesday at the entrance of Sanaa International Airport in Yemen, where authorities said they foiled an al Qaeda plot to take over key cities and attack strategic ports and gas facilities. (Associated Press)

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Security was tight Wednesday at the entrance of Sanaa International Airport in Yemen, where authorities said they foiled an al Qaeda plot to take over key cities and attack strategic ports and gas facilities. (Associated Press)

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Osama bin Laden is dead and Al-Qaida is ... (Illustration by Dana Summers of the Tribune Media Services)

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FILE - In this Wednesday, July 27, 2011 file photo provided by IntelCenter, an American private terrorist threat analysis company, purports to show Al-Qaida's new leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in a still image from a web posting by al-Qaida's media arm, as-Sahab. The leader of al-Qaida has urged Muslims to kidnap Westerners to exchange for imprisoned jihadists. Ayman Al-Zawahri also urged support for Syria's uprising and called for the implementation of Islamic Shariah law in Egypt. In an undated two-hour videotape posted this week on militant forums, the Egyptian-born jihadist said that abducting nationals of "countries waging wars on Muslims" is the only way to free "our captives, and Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman," the Egyptian cleric serving a life sentence in U.S. prisons for his masterminding of 1993 bombings in New York City. (AP Photo/IntelCenter, File)

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** FILE ** In this Dec. 24, 1998, photo, Muslim militant and al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden speaks to a selected group of reporters in mountains of Helmand province in southern Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahimullah Yousafzai)

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FILE - In this Wednesday, July 27, 2011 file photo provided by IntelCenter, an American private terrorist threat analysis company, purports to show Al-Qaida's new leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in a still image from a web posting by al-Qaida's media arm, as-Sahab. The leader of al-Qaida has urged Muslims to kidnap Westerners to exchange for imprisoned jihadists. Ayman Al-Zawahri also urged support for Syria's uprising and called for the implementation of Islamic Shariah law in Egypt. In an undated two-hour videotape posted this week on militant forums, the Egyptian-born jihadist said that abducting nationals of "countries waging wars on Muslims" is the only way to free "our captives, and Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman," the Egyptian cleric serving a life sentence in U.S. prisons for his masterminding of 1993 bombings in New York City. (AP Photo/IntelCenter, File)

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"We remain at war with al Qaeda and its associated forces, which despite the substantial progress we have made against them, still seek to carry out deadly strikes against our homeland, our citizens and against our friends and allies.” — CIA Director John O. Brennan.

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**FILE** In this citizen journalism image provided by Edlib News Network, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, rebels from al Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra wave their brigade flag on the top of a Syrian air force helicopter on Jan. 11, 2013, at the Taftanaz air base in the Idlib province of northern Syria that was captured by the rebels. (Associated Press/Edlib News Network)

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A sisterhood of female CIA analysts who became somewhat obsessed with al Qaeda and its leader are talking on camera for the HBO documentary "Manhunt," which debuted Wednesday night. (HBO)

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A sisterhood of female CIA analysts who became somewhat obsessed with al Qaeda and its leader are talking on camera for the HBO documentary "Manhunt," which debuted Wednesday night. (HBO)