- Cullman, Alabama


Al Qaida Charm Offens

This Jan. 31, 2013 file photo shows people carrying the coffin of Yann Desjeux, in Bayonne, France. Yann Desjeux, a French citizen, was one of those killed in the hostage rescue operation at a remote gas plant seized by Islamist militants in Algeria, earlier in the month. Al-Qaida's North African arm is trying something new to stay relevant: Twitter. Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM, is trying to move the battleground elsewhere, seeking to tap into social grievances and champion mainstream causes such as unemployment, all in bid to reverse decline and win new followers, appealing to widespread concerns, such as the repression and a sense of injustice that galvanized the Arab Spring revolts.