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A vigilante group linked to Al-Qaeda in the eastern port city of Mukalla has decreed a ban on trading the mild narcotic leaf qat chewed as a cherished Yemeni pastime, in a sign of the group's growing territorial hold amid the country's civil war.Hadramawt's new authorities have given Al-Qaeda fighters unprecedented leeway to hold rallies and carry arms in public, residents say.Yemen's branch of the militant network, known as Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, has for years carried out bomb and gun attacks on Yemeni state facilities, plotted to blow up United States-bound airliners and claimed responsibility for the attack on the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper in Paris in January that killed 12 .
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