This presentation looks at some of the major leaders of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in the past and present. Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) is the result of Al Qaeda’s efforts to unite the various Salafist terror groups in North Africa. AQIM is made up of the Algerian-based Salafist Group for Prayer and Combat (GSPC), the Moroccan Islamic Combat Group, the Tunisian Combatant Group, and elements of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group. The GSPC forms the nucleus of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. The GSPC officially merged with al Qaeda in September 2006 and renamed the group al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in January 2007.