NOUAKCHOTT — A French Islamist has warned France, the United States and the United Nation against staging a military intervention in Mali, in a video posted on the Internet Tuesday.
The video, posted by the Mauritanian online news agency Sahara Media, came as French President Francois Hollande promised Tuesday to provide support for a UN-backed African military intervention in Mali, where Islamist groups seized control of the north after a March coup.
Speaking in French and sporting a black turban with a rifle at his side before a background mentioning Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Abdel Jelil warned that a military intervention "would only cause sedition, major sedition and a human and humanitarian catastrophe."
The video, which lasts around 11 minutes and contains anti-West and anti-Israel sentiments, was recorded Monday, according to a Sahara Media correspondent in northern Mali.
Jelil introduces himself as a former merchant navy officer of French origin who has lived in the city of Timbuktu in northwest Mali for the last two years with his wife and five children.
Late last month, the French daily Le Monde reported that French citizens had been identified among AQIM ranks in the Sahel region.
Le Monde quoted a Mali security source as saying that one of them was "a pure jihadist," while the other who "referred to himself as Abdel Jelil and lives with his Maghreb wife and their children in the north of Mali" was not "a real jihadist" but that he had espoused their cause.
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