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Al-Qaida Holding Five European Hostages In Mali

by Florian Flade

Nearly three weeks after five Europeans were abducted in Mali the terrorist network „Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb“ (AQIM) has claimed responsibility for the kidnappings. In a new statement released in Jihadi Internet forums AQIM claims two French nationals were kidnapped in the Northeast of Mali on November 24. Both men disappeared from their hotel in the town of Hombori.

The following day, November 25, European tourists were sitting in a restaurant in the city of Timbuktu when armed gunmen attacked and abducted one Swede, a Dutchman and a South African holding a British passport. A 58 year-old German man named Martin A. who was part of the tourist group resisted the kidnappers and was then killed by the Al-Qaida gunmen.

AQIM now presents two images of the two hostage groups in addition to a written statement demanding France to end all military campaigns against Muslims. Further more AQIM urges the release of imprisoned Islamists.

Germany´s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has meanwhile confirmed the death of a German citizen in Mali. The Ministry also released a travel warning fro Mali, especially in the region around the ancient city of Timbuktu.


Al-Qaida Claims Kidnapping of American in Pakistan

by Florian Flade

“I tell the captive fighters of Al-Qaida and the Taliban and our female prisoners held in the prisons of the crusaders and their collaborators: we have not forgotten you! In order to release you Allah the Great and Almighty guided us to capture the American Jew Warren Weinstein, a former employee contracted with the American government” – Al-Qaida´s leader Ayman az-Zawahiri says in a new audio tape released today on Jihadi Internet forums titled “Message to the Egyptian People Part 8″.

For the first time Al-Qaida claims responsibility for the kidnapping of the American citizen Weinstein, a 70 year-old aid worker who went messing in August from his home in Lahore (Pakistan).

“We have not tortured your prisoner”, Zawahiri claims in the new audio message addressing the family of Warren Weinstein, warning them not to trust U.S. President Barack Obama and the government.

Ayman az-Zawahiri also confirms for the first time the death of Libyan Al-Qaida ideologue Jamal Ibrahim al-Misrati aka “Sheikh Atiyyatullah al-Libi”. Zawahiri says Atiyyatullah and his son Issam were both killed by CIA. The Libyan Jihadi militant was apparently killed in a U.S. drone strike in North Waziristan on August 22.

Taliban Claim Arrest of “Canadian Spy”

by Florian Flade

The Afghan Taliban claim to have captured a Canadian national in Southern Afghanistan, accusing him of being a “spy”. The 29 year-old man allegedly named Colin Rutherford is said to be resident of Toronto and was kidnapped by the Taliban insurgents in Ghazni Province, the Islamists claim.

According to the Taliban they have obtained documents and photographs which proof the Canadian was on a spying mission. A Taliban Spokesman said, those holding the Canadian have been contacted by Canadian officials, talks about the release of the accused spy were not successful yet. A video of the kidnapped man will be released soon, the Taliban states.

Even if there is no proof of the kidnapping claim, there are credible reports of a Canadian citizen who went missing in Ghazni several weeks ago. One of the sources of this information is allegedly the governor of Ghazni himself.

Meanwhile the Canadian government confirmed a Canadian citizen went missing in Afghanistan. Mr.Rutherford was travelling the country as a tourist. A recent graduate of University of Toronto, the 29-year old Canadian has traveled to the region a few times. In 2009 he traveled to Pakistan, stayed in Islamabad for three weeks and then traveled to the Kashmir region. Rutherford allegedly also traveled to Kabul, Afghanistan, October – November 2010.