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Rebels from al-Qaida-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra wave their brigade. VOA

Nouakchott, Nov 3, 2016: Al Qaeda’s North African branch has launched its own magazine with a focus on Jihad, especially in Muslim countries of the region, reported the Mauritanian news site ‘al-Akhbar’.

The magazine is called ‘Al-Hoda’ and has a Twitter account with a photo of one of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb’s historic leaders, Abdelmalek Ould Sidi, who appears on the cover of the first issue.

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The November issue features articles on Burma, on the “great battle” for control of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo and on the east Libyan city of Benghazi’s besieged Islamist-held district of Ganfouda, al-Akhbar reports.

AQIM originated as the Algerian terror formation the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC) which in 2003 pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda and in 2007 changed its name. (IANS)


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elson Mandela

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