How much of a threat is Al Qaeda in North Africa?(Read article summary)
Despite Algerian insurgents' stated intentions to strike in Europe, some officials remain skeptical that an attack outside Africa is possible.
In a recorded response to questions from The New York Times, insurgent leader Abdelmalek Droukdal said:
"If the U.S. administration sees that its war against the Muslims is legitimate, then what makes us believe that our war on its territories is not legitimate?"...
"Everyone must know that we will not hesitate in targeting it whenever we can and wherever it is on this planet," he said.
Mr. Droukdal's group, based in the hills east of Algiers, is a terror franchise that terms itself Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). The group is responsible for numerous attacks in North Africa, including several deadly bombings in Algiers. The goals of Algerian insurgents at the time of their resurgence under the banner of AQIM were outlined by The Christian Science Monitor.
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