Al-Qaeda Branch Threatens to Annex Spain’s Ceuta, Melilla Enclaves

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Islamist organization al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) threatened Spain it would annex its enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla located in North Africa on the border with Morocco, media reported Friday.

A picture taken with a mobile phone early on May 24, 2014 shows Al-Qaeda militants posing with Al-Qaeda flags in front of a museum in Seiyun, second Yemeni city of Hadramawt province, after launching a massive pre-dawn assault that killed at least 15 soldiers and police - Sputnik International
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MADRID (Sputnik) — One of the leaders of the al-Qaeda branch, Algerian national Abu Obeida Yusuf Annabi voiced the threat in a video message, the Europa Press news outlet reported.

Last week, AQIM released a new video in which it threatened to attack Naples, Rome and Madrid. Spain’s major private intelligence and security firm AICS told Sputnik that al-Qaeda was trying to copy Daesh extremist group in order to recover the power it was losing to Daesh militants.

The al-Qaeda leadership cut ties with Daesh group, outlawed in many countries including Russia, in February 2014.

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