Thursday, May 24, 2012

Al-Qaeda-linked Salafis call to free Al-Andalus and throw the Castilian settlers out

MADRID, MAY 24 (ANSAmed) - Granada, Valencia, Seville and Cordoba are the next targets of the Salafite Ansar Al Din group, linked to Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, according to security sources quoted today by Radio Cadena Ser.

In an statement circulated inside the organisation which was reportedly intercepted, the four cities in the south of Spain, which "were ruled by Muslims," are mentioned by Ansar Al Din as places that must be freed and in which the ancient Muslim empire, "Al-Andalus, must be brought back to life." The sources consider the threat real and specify that Spain continues to be one of the main targets of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). After the fall of Gaddafi, this organisation reportedly managed to take possession of large numbers of Libyan weapons and increased its power in Mali and Timbuktu.