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Al-Qaeda Urges Attacks On France


http://gdb.rferl.org/7C0DDB71-E8CB-4CEA-B989-2B38CAB73B9D_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/7C0DDB71-E8CB-4CEA-B989-2B38CAB73B9D_mw800_mh600.jpg Ayman al-Zawahri (left) with Osama bin Laden in a video from 2001 (epa) September 14, 2006 -- The second most senior figure in the terrorist network Al-Qaeda has urged a militant Algerian Islamic group to step up action against French and U.S. interests.


In a previously undisclosed section of a videotape released on September 11, Ayman al-Zawahri also said that the group, the Salafist Group for Preaching And Combat, has officially joined the Al-Qaeda network.


Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin said France must remain "extremely vigilant."


Experts say the group has been severely weakened in recent months. Algeria is a former French colony.


(Reuters, AFP)

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