Aqim

Analysis: Al Qaeda groups reorganize in West Africa

On Mar. 2, a new al Qaeda joint venture in West Africa was announced. The "Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims" is led by Ansar Dine's Iyad Ag Ghaly and is openly loyal to Ayman al Zawahiri. It brings together four groups that were already part of al Qaeda's international network. Read more >

Osama bin Laden’s files: AQIM commander recommended training Boko Haram’s members

A letter recovered in Osama bin Laden's compound reveals that a senior AQIM commander recommended that his group train Boko Haram's forces. Other official sources confirm that AQIM did provide the training and also groomed part of Boko Haram's leadership. However, one of the Boko Haram leaders identified in the letter later cofounded a splinter group known as Ansaru, which rejects Boko Haram's policies. Ansaru has been supported by AQIM. Read more >

Tuareg leader honored in eulogy attributed to Mokhtar Belmokhtar

On Oct. 9, a statement attributed to Mokhtar Belmokhtar was circulated online. The message eulogizes Sheikh Ag Aoussa, a prominent Tuareg leader who was reportedly killed in an explosion after attending a meeting at a UN camp in Mali. The statement's author, presumably Belmokhtar, blames France for Aoussa's death and calls on tribes to turn against the French. Read more >

Pentagon confirms Egyptian al Qaeda veteran was killed in airstrike

The Pentagon has confirmed that Ahmed Salama Mabrouk was killed in an Oct. 3 airstrike in Syria's Idlib province. According to Defense Department Press Secretary Peter Cook, Mabrouk was "one of Al Qaeda's most senior leaders" and his death is "a blow to their ability to plot external attacks." Mabrouk was one of the most senior officials in Jabhat Fath al Sham, al Qaeda's rebranded branch in Syria. Read more >

Report: Head of the Islamic State’s Sahara branch threatens Morocco

Al Jazeera has reportedly obtained an audio message from Adnan Abu Walid al Sahrawi in which he threatens to attack Morocco. Little has been heard from Sahrawi since May 2015, when he broke from Al Murabitoon and declared his fealty to the Islamic State. If the message is authentic, then it could indicate that he and his men plan on initiating new operations. Read more >

AQIM targets beach resort in Ivory Coast

Al Qaeda continues to prioritize targeting hotels, which are considered soft targets, across the African continent. AQIM has launched assaults on several hotels in West Africa in recent months, while Shabaab regularly targets hotels in Somalia. Read more >

Osama Bin Laden’s Files: Al Qaeda considered a truce with Mauritania

Newly released files recovered in Osama bin Laden's compound reveal that al Qaeda's leadership drafted a truce proposal for the Mauritanian government. There is no evidence in the files that Mauritania agreed to the deal, which would have allowed al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) to operate freely in the country. In a separate letter, AQIM emir Abdelmalek Droukdel asked for bin Laden's advice concerning the staffing of his elite Shura council. Read more >

Al Qaeda group strikes in northern Mali

The attacks on the Tuareg National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad are likely an attempt to destabilize the movement and the region after several other Tuareg separatist movements signed a peace deal with the Malian government earlier this year. Read more >