Qaeda urges jihad against France in Mali

2013-02-12 13:42

Dubai - Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has called for jihad, or holy war, to thwart France's military intervention in Mali against Islamist rebels, SITE Intelligence agency reported on Tuesday.

"Supporting the Muslims in Mali is a duty for every capable Muslim with life and money, everyone according to their ability," the Sharia Committee of the extremist group said in a statement reported by US-based SITE, which monitors extremist Internet forums.

AQAP, which has been labelled the most dangerous branch of the global jihadist network, said France's "Crusader campaign against Islam" has no justification and a "declaration of aggression against Islam and its people".

It said jihad is "more obligatory on the people who are closer" to the fight, in an apparent reference to North African nations and those living in countries helping France.

"Helping the disbelievers against Muslims in any form is apostasy from the religion," it added.

France launched its operation in the African country on 11 January after Mali's interim government requested help. It sent in fighter jets, attack helicopters and ground troops to battle Islamist rebels who had seized the north and were advancing into southern territory.

The campaign racked up a string of early successes as French and African troops drove the extremists from Gao, Timbuktu and the rest of the towns under their control.

AQAP was founded in January 2009 when the Saudi and Yemen branches of the network merged in the south Arabian Peninsula country, and remains active in lawless parts of Yemen despite several military campaigns by Sanaa.

  • barack.ofama.3 - 2013-02-12 14:16

    You can't stop the muslim man,France needs to sit down or more people gonna die.

      SKYWATCHER30 - 2013-02-12 15:49

      Kill kill kill is that all you lot know ffs

      barack.ofama.3 - 2013-02-12 16:42

      Hollande crawled out of his hole to come to Africa n cause chaos n e Africans in Mali r defending themselves

      SKYWATCHER30 - 2013-02-12 17:11

      How, by slaughtering civilians, give me a break, yawn boring

      avremel.niselow - 2013-02-12 18:08

      So your message is: don't try to stop Muslims killing people or you will kill more people? Yes the religion of peace in action again.

      adam.maither - 2013-02-14 21:18

      Kill kill kill is all the democratic Christians & Zionists have done in Iraq, afghanistan, Palestine,Libya. Kill kill kill women and children Steal steal steal natural resources after kill kill kill women and children

  • stand.firm.50 - 2013-02-12 14:52

    And yet I thought Jihad means Inner Struggle

      barack.ofama.3 - 2013-02-12 15:06

      You thought??? Why you neva took time to do a lil research,there r 2 types of jihad, inner n outer,which is this physical work against Hollande bout to be done

      avremel.niselow - 2013-02-12 18:09

      Oh no Hollande, you offended Ofama when you stopped the medieval sharia boys from imposing their crazy laws, better pull out fast! lol

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