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Al-Qaeda’s Far-Reaching New Partner

In a video released last month on the Internet, al-Qaeda’s deputy leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, declared that he had “great news.” Al-Qaeda, he reported, had joined forces with an obscure Algerian underground network and would work in tandem with the group to “crush the pillars of the crusader alliance.” The Algerian partner, the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat, had fought the Algerian government in a barbaric civil war for almost a decade. But Zawahiri said the new alliance had different targets in mind. “Our brothers,” he said, “will be a thorn in the necks of the American and French crusaders and their allies, and a dagger in the hearts of the French traitors and apostates.” Full Story

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