Friday, November 2, 2007

Recasting Jihad in the Maghreb

by Andrew Black from The Jamestown Foundation

Although it must be plainly stated that the perceived threat from Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) to the United States is low, there are indications that North African groups continue to maintain networks in North America and that there is a potential, albeit remote, for these networks to become operational ... It appears the reformation process Abu Musab Abd al-Wadoud enacted has fundamentally recast the Maghrebi jihad by altering both the character of his Algerian movement and the structure of the regional jihad at large. As evident from the high number of attacks and casualties in September, AQIM is becoming increasingly active and lethal, and the group has demonstrated a willingness to perpetrate large-scale, suicide bombings in urban environments.

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