Three years ago, in the months leading up to the February 2006 escape of Nasir al-Wuhayshi and 22 other prisoners, al-Qaeda was in a state of disrepair in Yemen – its loyalists hunted, arrested and put on trial in a seemingly successful, US-backed counterterrorism campaign.  As al-Qaeda raged next door in Iraq, broadcasting its daily advances through web-based media, in Yemen, al-Qaeda was silent: no messages claiming attacks, no multimedia propaganda and, most importantly, no visible leadership.

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The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement claimed responsibility for the deadly attack at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, on September 21, 2013,
The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement continued to release updates about their September 21, 2013 attack against the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi,
A Twitter user claiming to be a Kenyan jihadist in Somalia continued providing commentary and analysis of the siege at the Westgate mall in Nairobi,
Members of English-language jihadist forums expressed their enthusiasm for the Shabaab al-Mujahideen's attack against the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya
The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement claimed that Kenyan forces used chemical agents to end the siege at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, killing
The Islamic State (IS) announced that its spokesman, Abu Muhammad al-'Adnani, was killed while "surveying the military operations" in Aleppo, Syria,
British captive John Cantlie appeared in a video from the Islamic State (IS)-linked 'Amaq News Agency, mocking U.S. airstrikes on IS media kiosks in
The Islamic State (IS)-linked 'Amaq News Agency denied the claim from the U.S. Defense Department that top IS official Omar al-Shishani was killed as
Al-Ribat Media Foundation, the media arm of the al-Murabitoon division of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), released screen captures an upcoming
Simply titling it “Just Terror,” the Islamic State (IS) released the twelfth issue of its English magazine, “Dabiq,” on November