Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the North African affiliate of al-Qa'ida Central (AQC) announced on October 7 a new name for its media outlet, Al-Andalus. The new name illustrates the claim of many jihadis (and some non-jihadi Muslims too) that parts of Spain, particularly in the south, are historically part of the Muslim world and should be returned to the fold, as it were.
New Media Outlet (الإعلان عن مؤسّسة الأندلس للإنتاج الإعلاميّ ) Oct 7
The first press release from the new Al-Andalus Foundation for Media Production (Al-Andalus Media Foundation), released a day later on October 8, is a eulogy for Baytullah Ma'soud (Baitullah Mehsud), the leader of the Pakistani group Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan (Tehreek-e Taliban Pakistan), who was killed in early August by a U.S. Predator pilot-less drone. He has been succeeded by Hakimullah Ma'soud (Hakeemullah Mehsud) and Wali al-Rahman.
The late Baytullah Ma'soud (right)كلمة تأبينية على فقيد الأمة ... بيت الله مسعود (Oct 8)