Dubai: An Al-Qaeda offshoot in North Africa has urged Muslim youths to stay in their countries to battle secularism but urged jihadists to travel to fight “Crusader France” in Algeria and Mali.
According to a message posted on online Jihadist forums and translated by SITE Intelligence Group, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) cited religious decrees to encourage Muslim youths against deserting their countries.
AQIM said that Muslim youths in Tunisia and other North African countries “should not clear the field for the secularists and other expatriates to sow corruption on the earth.”
Likewise, the militant group urged jihadists in Tunisia, Morocco, Libya and Mauritania to head towards Mali and Algeria “to thwart the attack of Crusader France and defeat its agents in the region.”
French deployed forces in Mali earlier this year to help stop Qaeda-linked fighters who had controlled northern Mali, near the Algerian border, since April 2012 from moving southward and threatening the capital Bamako.
Some 4,000 French troops are presently on the ground in Mali where they have been fighting the Islamists.