On the Al Qaeda linked Ekhlas website, a section in Italian was launched on the previously all-Arabic website. Ekhlas’ Italian section appears to take the place of a former imam from the northern Italian city of Carmagnola; the Italian postal police shut down the blog in February. The new section in Italian includes a welcome message and a forum that appears to be targeted to Italian Muslims. Participants in the forum make reference to Bin Laden, and love for the mujahadeen. Discussions on the website include the recent conversion of Magdi Allam, an Italian journalist who converted from Islam to Catholicism.

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