Gruppen som har tatt 41 utenlandske gisler i Algerie, krever at ikke bare Frankrike, men også Algerie stanser innblandingen i Mali.
Gruppen, hvis navn betyr «de som undertegner med blod», al-Mua’qi’oon Biddam, vil at begge land skal ligge unna Mali.
Algerie har ikke likt at Frankrike ønsket å gjøre noe med islamistenes fremrykking og trodde ikke på militære midler. Utenriksminister Hillary Clinton var på besøk, det samme var Francois Hollande i desember og de skal ha gjort Algerie mer positiv til inngripen.
Det melder Site intelligence group.
A spokesman for Belmokhtar’s terrorist organization, the al-Mua’qi’oon Biddam (Those who Sign with Blood) Brigade, said the assault and kidnappings were retaliation for the French-led invasion of neighboring Mali.
«Algeria’s participation in the war on the side of France betrays the blood of the Algerian martyrs who fell in the fight against the French occupation,» the spokesman said, according to a translation provided by the SITE Intelligence Group.
In a subsequent statement, also translated by SITE, the group demanded that France end its fighting in Mali. The group said that its «blessed invasion» was retaliation for the French trying to «to break the Islamic ruling system in» Mali, «while the Muslims are moaning under the butcher Bashar al Asad in wounded Syria, in the sight and ear shot of the whole world.»
«This invasion comes in the global campaign of fighting the Jews and the Crusaders,» the statement reads, echoing al Qaeda’s many calls for global jihad.
Belmokhtar, who is also known as Khalid Abu al Abbas, long served as an al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) commander, but had a falling out with the group’s senior leadership. Late last year, he formed his own splinter group, but that group still answers to al Qaeda’s senior leadership.
Read more: http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2013/01/al_qaeda_commander_c.php#ixzz2IEUn2q5I