Salafist Group for Preaching and Fighting (GSPC) -- see AQIM profile for current formation

The Salafist Group for Call and Combat (GSPC) was designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization on March 27, 2002. The Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC) aimed to establish an Islamic state within Algeria. Addtionaly it sought to destroy western targets. The GSPC had been visible since 1996 and is an offshoot of the GIA. After the GSPC officially merged with al-Qa’ida (AQ) in September 2006 the organization became known as al-Qa’ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). On February 20, 2008, the Department of State amended the GSPC designation to reflect the change and made AQIM the official name for the organization. Some senior members of AQIM are former Armed Islamic Group (GIA) insurgents. VideoVideo: Mapping the historical context of GPSC & AQIM.Video: 2010 Abu Musab Abdel Wadoud with French translation.

Salafist Group for Preaching and Fighting (GSPC) -- see AQIM profile for current formation, also known as al Qaeda in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Groupe Salafiste pour la Prédication et le Combat, Salafist Group for Predication and Combat, al Jama'ah al Salafiyya li-al Da'wa wa'l-Qital, Salafist Group for Call and Combat, Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat  is an active group formed c. 1998.
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