Friday, October 9, 2009

#4: Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb Announces Foundation of Al-Andalus, New Media Outlet

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)


Essam said...

The recently banned organization in Pakistan Jamaat ud Dawa - former Lashkar e Taiba - led by Hafiz Saeed also make invokes Andulus in its publishing arm with is called Darul Andulus.
Jamaat us Dawa from what I know is engaged in jihad in Afghanistan and Kashmir, but not against the Pakistani state.

إبن الصقلي said...

Very interesting...Thanks for sharing this information.