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March 21, 2012

The "Knights of Pride": The Toulouse Attackers have a British Connection?

March 21, 2012

March 21, 2012

The Arab Digest reveals new information on the Algerian group behind the recent attacks in France, whether the Jewish School shooting in Toulouse, or the killing of three French soldiers. According to their Facebook Group, the organisation is international, and the perpetrators only belong to its "France Branch". One of their videos show a British connection. 

"The Knights of Pride", or fursan aliza in Arabic, first emerged on Jihadist/Islamist forums as protectors of the French veil. In the video below, you could see two members of the group escorting a Veiled French woman who complained against the French police's treatment. In the video's beginning, she is seen screaming against a number of French police officers who were trying to arrest or interrogate her.

In another video, the group, which seems to have a British link, features an English Defence League video, below:

While it is not clear who is that Islamist, the video was shot in the UK, and it might be that he is connected to the Knights of Pride group.

The group bears so many similarities to Al-Qaeda, especially in regards to its media activity. Here is their YouTube channel, having many al-Qaeda style videos, calling for the defending Islam. Below is a video, where you could see some members' faces; it shows that the group has been organising events before being banned by the French authorities.

The group's webpage says that they were banned but will continue to post videos. This Jihadist Algerian forum, claimed in August last year that members of the Knights of Pride group protected a veiled woman (video above) after French Police attacked her. In another forum, the same Knights' video is posted, noting that "the brothers" threatened to behead any Police officer "who touches our sisters".
While no connections to the North African Al-Qaeda network has been revealed, it is highly likely that Algerians from the same thought school would be in touch with their mother organisation in their home country. "Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb" has been growing in power due to high profile kidnappings, all of which have secured high financial returns to the organisation. Some reports have suggested that Al-Qaeda's leader, Ayman Zawahiri, began looking for some financing from the organisation's North African branch.


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