Friday, February 5, 2010
Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb Extends Deadline for Exchange of French Hostages, Names Deadline for Italian Hostage
Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), based primarily in Algeria but with a branch in western Africa, has extended the deadline to February 20 for the French government stop its "involvement" in the "war against the Muslims" in exchange for French citizens kidnapped and held hostage. AQIM also gives the Italian government "25 days" to do the same in exchange for an Italian hostage. The organization is a regional affiliate of Al-Qa'ida Central (AQC), but is run as an independent organization.
AQIM...Statement regarding the Italian and French abductees (Feb. 5)