Algerian Terrorists Rebrand as Al Qaeda
Algeria’s top terrorist group has rebranded itself as an al Qaeda franchise.
Algeria’s main Islamist militant group has changed its name to al Qaeda after getting the approval of Osama bin Laden, according to a statement posted on the Internet on Friday. The move by the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC) marked the latest attempt by militants to exploit al Qaeda’s international “brand,” following the establishment of regional branches in Saudi Arabia and Iraq.
The GSPC, which has led an insurgency against Algeria’s secular government, said it was adopting the name Al Qaeda Organization in the Islamic Maghreb. “We had wished to do this from the first day we joined (al Qaeda) but we wanted the permission of Sheikh Osama, may God protect him. This obstacle has now been removed,” said the statement, signed by the GSPC and dated January 24.
They likely wanted to avoid being sued by Osama’s lawyers for trademark infringement.