By JOHN LEICESTER and OMAR SINAN, Associated Press Writers
Al-Qaida joins Algerians against France
PARIS - Al-Qaida has for the first time announced a union with an Algerian insurgent group that has designated France as an enemy, saying they will act together against French and American interests.
The al-Qaida alliance with the Salafist Group for Call and Combat, known by its French initials GSPC.
Al-Qaida's No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahri, announced the "blessed union" in a video posted this week on the Internet to mark the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States.