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Old 01-02-2008, 07:46 AM
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Default January 2, 1492 - A major Historical DATE

Ferninand and Isabella's armies conquered Granada. The last Muslim city in Spain. The Muslim invasion of Western Europe had been stopped. All Muslims and even mixed blood Christians were made to leave Spain. This also opened the way for Spain to look West and expansion of its empire to the New World. In other words, if the Muslims had still controlled Spain, Columbus wouldn't have sailed. This Western World would look much differently than it does today. January 2, 1492 is one of those days which really shaped History. However, most school children in have no idea! It is politically incorrect to mention that one group of people exiled another group and its impact on history.

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The Arabs used to call "the frontier" of their empire "al-maghreb"- this included North Africa and southern Spain at the time. The soldiers sent to defend the Arab empire were sent to "al-maghreb" and it was considered a great honor to serve there (as was the Crusades for the Christians). Certain folks have brought this term back in vogue, I'm betting they include southern Spain as part of al-maghreb territory (which is exactly what Spain is also concerned about):


http://www.jamestown.org/terrorism/n...icleid=2370242

Prior to the September merger, however, reports surfaced that al-Qaeda had made inroads in forming a pan-Maghreb group along the lines of the now infamous Tanzim Qaidat al-Jihad fi Bilad al-Rafidayn (The al-Qaeda Organization of Jihad in the Land of the Two Rivers) (Asharq al-Awsat, December 8, 2005). Reportedly, this new group, dubbed "Qaedat al-Jihad in the Arab Maghreb Countries," was to be led by the GSPC and would bring together jihadi groups from Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco. In support of this, a Spanish intelligence report, quoted by local media in late November 2006, claimed the group would also include the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG). By January 26, 2007, al-Wadoud officially declared that the new name for his organization would be "The al-Qaeda Organization in the Islamic Maghreb," a name which is strikingly reminiscent of al-Qaeda's affiliate in Iraq (al-Jazeera, January 26).
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