Aqim

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 >

In Dabiq magazine, Islamic State complains about jihadist rivals in Libya

The Islamic State's newest edition of Dabiq magazine features an interview with Abul Mughirah al Qahtani, who is identified for the first time as the head of the "caliphate's" Libyan "province." Qahtani complains bitterly about the Islamic State's jihadist and Islamist rivals. He notes, for example, that Ansar al Sharia has failed to swear allegiance to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi and says the group is close to al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. Read more >

The Islamic State’s ‘wanted dead’ list in Libya

The Islamic State's supporters in Libya have released dozens of "wanted dead" posters online. The images are part of a campaign targeting the "caliphate's" jihadist and Islamist opposition in Derna and elsewhere in Libya. If the information in the graphics is accurate, then the Islamic State is offering up valuable intelligence on its pro-al Qaeda adversaries in North Africa. Read more >