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The Evolution of the Discourse of Al- Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb: Themes, Countries and Individuals

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This paper analyses the propaganda of the Algerian terrorist group the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat/Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) from 1998 to 2009 and evaluates the repercussions of the group’s merger with Al-Qaeda on its discourse. The paper argues that integration into the Al-Qaeda hierarchy has had little influence on such discourse or on the group’s strategies. The analysis lends support to the view that the group is lukewarm in its commitment to Al-Qaeda. Although the content of AQIM propaganda now embraces more countries, individuals and issues, the fact is that membership of Al-Qaeda has not brought about any significant turning point.

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To cite this article: Manuel R. Torres, “The Evolution of the Discourse of Al- Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb: Themes, Countries and Individuals”, Mediterranean Politics, Vol. 16, Issue 2, (2011), pp.279-298.