Al Qaeda in the Maghreb


The Evolution of the Discourse of Al- Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb: Themes, Countries and Individuals

This paper analyses the propaganda of the Algerian terrorist group the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat/Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) from 1998 to 2009 and evaluates the repercussions of the group’s merger with Al-Qaeda on its discourse. The paper argues that integration into the Al-Qaeda hierarchy has had little influence on such discourse or on the group’s strategies. The analysis lends support to the view that the group is lukewarm in its commitment to Al-Qaeda.

The Road to Media Jihad: The Propaganda Actions of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb

This article offers a descriptive analysis of the evolution of the propaganda actions of the Algerian Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), later known as Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). An examination of the content of the propaganda released by the terrorist group between 1998 and 2009 allows us to identify the different stages and factors accounting for the role played by communications in the strategy of the organisation. The article argues that the AQIM has gradually become an organisation centred on the “media Jihad.”

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