UNCLASSIFIED//FOUO17 May 2011
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-- AQIM Likely To Continue Using ANI for Public Communiques
Al-Qa'ida in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) is likely to continue using mainstreamnews agencies, principally the privately owned online news agency
), as opposed to jihadist websites to communicate with a wider international audience. Regional and international media published AQIM's denial of the 28 April Marrakesh bombing from
, to whom AQIM has frequently sent communiques, not from AQIM's regular jihadist venues. This suggests that AQIM relies upon regular media and not official Al-Qa'ida websites to communicate internationally.
On 6 May,
-- the independent Mauritanian online news agency -- published an AQIM statement, reportedly sent to
from AQIM,denying any involvement in the 28 April suicide bombing at Argana Cafein Marrakesh, Morocco.
This report was subsequently picked up andcited by regional and international media.
published, in Arabic, an AQIM statement denyingresponsibility for the Marrakesh bombing and claimed that thestatement "was sent to"
Numerous media outlets, regional North African press, and international media -- Paris- based
, France24, BBC, Algerian daily
, Lebanon NOW, and manyothers -- cited
's 6 May publication of AQIM's denial.
None of the media that reported on AQIM's denial were observed to cite the jihadist website
, which posted the same statement on 5 May -- a day earlier than the
AQIM has sent communiques to
while also publishing them on jihadist websites such as
Global Jihad Network
's claimsthat they have received AQIM statements directly from AQIM -- since at least 2010 -- havenever been refuted in jihadist media, suggesting that
's claims are accurate.
On 2 February, AQIM reportedly sent a statement to the
claiming the 2 Februaryattack in Nouakchott
-- thwarted by Mauritanian security
-- as an AQIM operationand claimed that it targeted Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz.
On 18 April, AQIM rejected London-based, Arabic-language daily
's supposedinterview with an "AQIM spokesman" as fake; AQIM's statement was published first by
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