Yemen praises State Department's use of graphic anti-militant imagery

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton revealed the effort during a special-operations dinner in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday night. The spoof ads were developed by the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications, which was created by presidential directive last fall and brings together state, defense and intelligence officials.

"A couple of weeks ago, al Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen began an advertising campaign on key tribal websites bragging about killing Americans and trying to recruit new supporters," Clinton said. "Within 48 hours, our team plastered the same sites with altered versions of the ads that showed the toll al Qaeda attacks have taken on the Yemeni people. "

 She said the efforts “are starting to have an impact." 

"We monitor the extremists venting their frustration and asking their supporters not to believe everything they read on the Internet," Clinton said.