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August 8, 2013 7:07 PM

New vision of al-Qaida rises from U.S. Embassy closings

The rise in prominence of Nasir al Wuhayshi, the Yemeni head of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, underscores the transformation of al-Qaida from a relatively small group led by one charismatic man into a diffuse global organization with many branches that pursue local objectives but follow a single ideology, according to counterterrorism analysts and officials.

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