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  • **FILE** Rep. Michael McCaul, Texas Republican and House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct ranking member (Associated Press)

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    Al Qaeda-linked groups operating alongside Syria's rebels are growing stronger, analysts told Congress on Tuesday, countering recent claims by the Obama administration and some senior lawmakers that extremists are playing only a marginal role in the civil war.

  • **FILE** A Libyan man investigates the inside of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, after an attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, two days earlier. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon)

    Muslim uprisings open gates for al Qaeda

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  • In this image taken from video, Anwar al-Awlaki speaks in a video message posted on radical websites Nov. 8. (SITE Intelligence Group via Associated Press)

    Thou shalt steal, al Qaeda tells militants in cash quest

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