The pan-Arab broadcaster Al Jazeera perpetuates the idea that a global organisation called Al Qaeda does exist and is at war with the West: ‘Al Jazeera has obtained exclusive footage of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. Its fighters helped rebels seize the northern half of Mali after a military coup toppled the civilian government in March . In a video address, the group’s senior commander Abu Musaab Abdulwadood calls for peaceful dialogue in Mali. But then later in the video he says his fighters are preparing for war in the West African country. Al Jazeera‘s Mohammed Vall reports from the SaharaDesert. (28 November 2012)’.
Back in the days prior to 9/11, Abu Musaab Abdulwadood used to head an organisation called Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat [‘al-Jamā‘ah as-Salafiyyah lid-Da‘wah wal-Qiṭāl’], which now carries the much more media-friendly name Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb [‘Tanẓīm al-Qā‘idah fī Bilād al-Maghrib al-Islāmī’].