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Al-Qaeda-Affiliated ‘Group For Supporting Islam And ‎Muslims’ (GSIM) Video Shows Fighters Vowing To Continue Fighting Against France And Its ‘Tails’
On September 30, 2018, Al-Zallaqa, the media arm of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Group For Supporting Islam And Muslims, released a video featuring fighters accusing France of waging war on Islam to prevent the implementation of shari’a in Mali and vowed to continue fighting against France and its tails.
Al-Shabab Claims Responsibility For Attack On EU Military Convoy Carrying Italian Trainers In Somalia
On October 1, 2018, Shahada, the news agency of Somalia-based pro-Al-Qaeda group Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen, reported that the group had carried out a “martyrdom” operation on a European Union military convoy carrying Italian trainers on Industrial Road in the capital city of Mogadishu, Somalia.
Afghan Taliban Deny Talks With U.S. Officials At Bagram Military Base And In Dubai
On September 23, 2018, Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization), issued a statement denying media reports that Taliban officials from Quetta (the Pakistani city where the Afghan Taliban leadership has lived for most of at least the past decade) had held talks with U.S. officials.(by memri.org)

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