In September 2003, it was reported that GSPC's founder Hassan Hattab had been deposed as national emir of the GSPC and replaced by Nabil Sahraoui (Sheikh Abou Ibrahim Mustapha), a 39 year-old former GIA commander who was subsequently reported to have pledged GSPC's allegiance to al-Qaeda, a step which Hattab had opposed. Free Salafist Group (GSL), headed by El Para, split from GSPC after Hattab was deposed.
Free Salafist Group (GSL)
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