Monday, February 1, 2010

Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb: "Genocide of Muslims in Nigeria: A New Episode in the Ongoing Crusade"

Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), based primarily in Algeria but with a branch in West Africa, has issued a statement addressing recent unrest between Muslim and Christian Nigerians. The statement, signed by AQIM's amir [leader] 'Abd al-Malik Droukdal, who is better known by his nom de guerre Abu Mus'ab 'Abd al-Wadud (Wadoud), claims that the "genocide of Muslims in Nigeria" is part of the "ongoing Crusade" against the "Islamic nation." A summary in English can be found in this Reuters story. The full Arabic statement is embedded below (and is downloadable).



AQIM is a regional affiliate and ally of Al-Qa'ida Central (AQC), but is an independent organization. The core of AQIM was an anti-government Islamist (Muslim political) insurgent group, the Salafi Group for Preaching and Combat (SGPC), which changed its name to AQIM in the autumn of 2006.

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AQIM...Genocide of the Muslim people in Nigeria - New episode of the crusader war against the Islamic Nation
AQIM, Genocide of Muslims in Nigeria: Part of the Ongoing Crusade
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