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The top US military commander in Africa said AQIM is operating terrorist training camps in Mali and providing training, weapons, and financing to the al Qaeda-linked Boko Haram in Nigeria. "Al Qaeda and other organizations are strengthening their hold in northern Mali" with each passing day, he said.
AQIM's Sahara emirate created a sixth brigade, a Tuareg-led unit called "Youssef ben Tachfine." The new brigade is made up largely of Tuaregs and led by El Kairouani Abu Abdelhamid al-Kidali, who is a member of AQIM's Ansar brigade under command of Abdelkrim Tarki. The Tuareg brigade will control a large area of northeastern Mali extending to the Algerian border.