Islamist group urges Algerians to target French

10th January 2007, Comments 0 comments

DUBAI, Jan 10, 2007 (AFP) - An Islamist group linked to Al-Qaeda has called for Algerians to carry out attacks on French nationals, in a message posted on the Internet.

DUBAI, Jan 10, 2007 (AFP) - An Islamist group linked to Al-Qaeda has called for Algerians to carry out attacks on French nationals, in a message posted on the Internet.

"Fight the nationals of France and the agents of the Crusaders occupying our land," said Abu Mussab Abdel Wadoud, leader of the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC).

"Our fathers and our ancestors fought against the French Crusaders who were driven out in humiliation," the GSPC chief said in the message dated January 3 that appeared on Islamist websites.

French intelligence services have said that the armed Islamist group poses the "number one terrorist threat" against France.

In an extract published Saturday in the daily al-Khabar, the head of the group said he had rejected a reconciliation offer renewed by Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, saying that he was waiting for "guidelines" from Al-Qaeda "for the next step."

"France which left through the door ... is coming back today through the

window" in Algeria, Abdel Wadoud said.

"America is also coming back through the door to share with France the spoils of our riches and control of our destiny, with the complicity of the thief of the house, Bouteflika," he charged.

He accused the president of "fighting against Islam under the banner of the leading heretic, the United States, and forging ties of friendship with the enemy of yesterday, France".

Paris has come under fire from Islamic radicals over its 2004 ban on religious insignia -- including the Muslim headscarf -- in state schools, as well as for its support for Algeria's government.

Formed in 1998 by dissidents of the Islamic Armed Group, GSPC is the only remaining radical movement that continues to wage an insurgency against the secular Algerian state.

In September the group officially placed itself at Al-Qaeda's orders, vowing allegiance to Osama bin Laden and support for the terror network's war on "crusaders" worldwide.

Bin Laden's right-hand man Ayman al-Zawahiri confirmed that the Algerian group was part of Al-Qaeda in a video released on the fifth anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

Zawahari called on the GSPC to step up its attacks against France, the United States and their allies.

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