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Al-Qaida In North Africa Issues New Threats

Al-Qaida's offshoot in North Africa issued new threats against Western interests, including France, Spain and the United States, a U.S. terrorism monitoring service said Monday.

The threat comes close on the heels of last week's deadly suicide-bomb attack on the heavily fortified U.S. embassy in the Yemini capital Sana'a, claimed by terrorist outfit Islamic Jihad in Yemen.

"Unite around the jihad that is the only alternative power to the apostate regimes that dominate over our lands," Abu Musab Abdul Wadud alias Abdelmalek Droukdel, leader of Al-Qaida in the region said, according to the U.S.-based SITE Intelligence Group.

In a 28-minute new video posting on the Internet, Wadud slammed a "new colonial offensive" by the West in North Africa and warned Muslims not to back the local "regimes of apostasy and treason." He decried governments in Mauritania, Algeria and other North African countries, claiming that Mauritania has become "a nest of foreign intelligence."

The Al-Qaida in North Africa has repeatedly claimed responsibility for deadly attacks in Algeria, including a spate of bombings in July and August. The group has also been blamed for an ambush on a Mauritanian patrol last week that killed 12 Mauritanians.

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