Aesthetic signatures: AQIM going IS

Yesterday AQIM released a new video
titled “The Blessed Incursion”, which offers a good example of how jihadi
culture and aesthetics can shed light on ideological orientations and
allegiances. Basically the film incorporates several aesthetic elements that
are more closely associated with the Islamic State than with al-Qaida, thus
suggesting that AQIM may be drifting into the IS fold. Several jihadism
observers pointed this out on Twitter last night:

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The Youtube link to the AQIM video is currently broken, but you can hear the nashid “Qariban Qariba” here and read Aymenn al-Tamimi’s translation here.

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