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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.
AQIM has appointed a Mauritanian, Mohamed Lemine Ould Hacen, to head its Al Vourghan brigade; Yahya Abou El Hammam, an Algerian, has been promoted to Sahara emir. The Timbuktu-based brigade often clashes with the Mauritanian Army near the Malian border. Ould Hacen will also serve as AQIM spokesman for its southern region, which includes northern Mali and the desert areas bordering Mali, Mauritania, and Algeria.