Results tagged “Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb”
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The Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa, an al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb offshoot, demanded $30 million for the release of two European women aid workers and $20 million for the release of seven Algerian diplomats. The group also wants Algeria to free prisoners.
Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb offered to free a British hostage in exchange for the release of extremist cleric Abu Qatada to a country of his choice or to any of the "states of the Arab Spring." The terror group also threatened "consequences" for the UK if Qatada is instead deported to Jordan.
An Italian woman who was kidnapped by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in southern Algeria in February 2011 has been freed. No details have been released on the ransom paid by the Italian government.
Ansar al Din is said to be planning to name al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb leader Yahya About al Hammam as the emir of Timbuktu. Hammam was recently spotted in Timbuktu with two other top AQIM leaders.
Three senior Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb leaders have been spotted in northern Mali after Tuareg rebels seized control of the area. Abu Zeid, Mukhtar Belmukhtar, and Yahya Abu al Hammam reportedly met with Tuareg leader Iyad Ag Ghaly in Timbuktu.