Dhamat Houmet Da'wa Salafia, previously known as Katibat el Ahoual, emerged after its leader, Mohammed Benslim, broke from the Armed Islamic Group (GIA). This is an umbrella group formed to give support to Islamist terrorist organisations fighting the Algerian government and has links to al-Qaeda. An Algerian narional charged with terrorism in Britain, was linked with two Algerian terror groups banned in Britain, the GIA and GSPC. On 20 October 2003, the US State Department announced that it had frozen the US assets of a little-known Algerian Islamic group known as the HDS, which operated in the Relazine region of northwest Algeria (BBC Monitoring Middle East 2007)
Dhamat Houmet Da'wa Salafia (DHDS)
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