Al-Qaeda’s recent video threatening terrorist attacks in Europe proves the group is trying to copy Daesh (Islamic State), which has been expanding its influence worldwide, in particular in Northern Africa, the CEO of Spain’s major private intelligence and security firm AICS told Sputnik Friday.
The video was released on January 6 by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and says the terrorists would strike in Naples, Rome and Madrid. AICS found the video in one of the channels through which Islamists spread their propaganda.
“The video is similarly done to those normally released by the Islamic State. Al-Qaeda is trying to copy what the Islamic State is doing because IS is growing and expanding. Especially in Northern Africa, and al-Qaeda is losing power or influence in Northern Africa, so they want to make something similar to what the Islamic State is doing to recover that power that they are losing,” Salvador Burguet said.
He noted that it was the first time that Rome and Madrid were mentioned together by al-Qaeda over the past two years, while Daesh has been threatening Rome during the last 5-6 months, but never Spain.
Daesh is outlawed in many countries, including Russia. In February 2014, the al-Qaeda leadership announced it had severed all ties with the jihadist group, which has flourished against the backdrop of the Syrian civil war and instability in Iraq.