Al-Qaeda Leader Denies Algeria Attack Plans
“We have made explicit threats against France, which sparked the clashes and killed our Muslim brothers in Mali. We will never consider launching military attacks against Algeria, as we believe Algerians are Muslims and we are well aware that they are not satisfied with their government’s performance,” the statement added.
In addition, the statement urged “all Muslims across the world to support Muslims in Mali, as this is their religious duty as Muslims. Those who refuse to perform such duty are traitors to their religion and homeland.” According to the statement, “France’s actions in Mali are unacceptable.”
The Egyptian al-Watan newspaper published a statement attributed to the leadership of the Egyptian Salafist jihadist movement, which threatened all nations helping France in its war on Mali. “A war will be waged against these nations, if they do not take necessary moves to stop their aggressive leaders.”...
The Egyptian Salafist leadership classified the nations that helped France in its attack on Mali according to the type of support each nation provided.
It said that Britain and Germany supplied France with aircraft and ammunition. The United Arab Emirates provided funds, while the US, Denmark, Belgium and Russia offered intelligence and logistical support. Algeria and Morocco opened their airspace to the attackers. Meanwhile Nigeria, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Benin, Togo, Chad, Niger, Ghana, the Malian Army and the National Movement for the Liberation of Azwad (MNLA) backed the attackers’ ground forces.
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