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US adds Belmokhtar's brigades to terrorist lists

Mokhtar Belmokhtar's al-Mulathameen Brigade is behind terror attacks in Niger, Algeria, and Mali. Its "aliases," the al-Murabitoon Brigade and al Mua'qi'oon Biddam, have also been added to the US's lists of terror groups.


US adds MUJAO operative to terrorism list

Mohamed Lahbous, a member of the al Qaeda-linked Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa, was listed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist for his involvement in kidnapping, weapons smuggling, and armed attacks in Algeria.


US charges Belmokhtar with murder of Americans in Algerian gas plant attack

Mokhtar-Belmokhtar-Sahara-Media.jpgThe Justice Department charged Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the leader of al Qaeda's al Mua'qi'oon Biddam, or Those Who Sign in Blood Brigade, with eight terrorism-related charges.


US offers rewards for Boko Haram, African al Qaeda leaders

The $7 million reward for Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram's emir, puts him in the top echelon of wanted terrorist leaders. Rewards of $5 million are also offered for Mokhtar Belmokhtar and Yahya Abu Hammam.


Belmokhtar's unit participated in Niger suicide attacks

Mokhtar-Belmokhtar-Sahara-Media.jpgMokhtar Belmokhtar is alive, and announced that his al Mua'qi'oon Biddam, or Those Who Sign in Blood Brigade, carried out the suicide assaults in Niger in conjunction with MUJAO.


MUJAO suicide bombers hit uranium mine, barracks in Niger

The al Qaeda-linked Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa said the suicide attacks were intended to punish Niger for "cooperation with France in the war against Sharia" in Mali.


Chadian forces claim raid killed top Algerian jihadist Mokhtar Belmokhtar

Mokhtar-Belmokhtar-Sahara-Media.jpgChadian military forces operating in Mali claimed to have launched a successful counterterrorism raid against a jihadist base camp that killed top Algerian jihadist Mokhtar Belmokhtar. The death of Belmokhtar has not yet been confirmed by other sources.


US adds senior AQIM commander to terrorist list

Yahya-Abu-Hammam.jpgYahya Abu Hammam is al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb's emir for the Sahel. He fought with GSPC, conducted several deadly attacks in Mauritania, and served as AQIM's emir for Timbuktu.


Belmokhtar claims Algerian raid, slaying of hostages for al Qaeda

Mokhtar-Belmokhtar-Sahara-Media.jpg"We in al Qaeda announce that we carried out the blessed commando operation," Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the emir of the Those who sign with Blood Brigade, said in a video.


Nigerien jihadist identified as commander of Algerian hostage operation

Abdul-Rahman-al-Nigeri .jpgAbdul Rahman al Nigeri is leader of the special operations group in Mokhtar Belmokhtar's Those who Sign with Blood Brigade. He began his career in jihad with GSPC, and then joined al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.


Report: Al Qaeda group demands release of 2 well-known jihadists

The group responsible for the raid on a natural gas field in eastern Algeria has demanded the release of two well-known jihadists: Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman (a.k.a. the "Blind Sheikh") and Aafia Siddiqui (a.k.a. "Lady Al Qaeda").


Al Qaeda-linked group claims credit for kidnappings in Algeria

Mokhtar-Belmokhtar.jpgA terrorist group headed by Mokhtar Belmokhtar has claimed credit for the raid on a natural gas field in Algeria. Belmokhtar is a longtime Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb commander, but split from the group last year. Belmokhtar's spokesman has said that he still answers to al Qaeda central.


US adds West African group, 2 leaders, to terrorism list

MUJAO-French-Hostage-SITE-Video.jpgThe US government has added the al Qaeda-linked Movement for Tawhid [Unity] and Jihad in West Africa and two of its leaders to the list of global terrorists and entities. The group has named one of its units fighting in Mali after Osama bin Laden.


Boko Haram emir praises al Qaeda

Abubakar-Shekau.jpgAbubakar Shekau said he and his fighters support jihad in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kashmir, Chechnya, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Somalia, Algeria, Libya, and Mali.


US, France assemble coalition to confront Islamists in Mali

The Islamist takeover of two-thirds of Mali this year has spurred the West as well as neighboring African countries to find a way to drive out the extremists.


Algerian court sentences ex-Gitmo detainee to 3 years in prison

abdelaziz-Naji.jpgAn Algerian court sentenced Nadji Abdelaziz, a former Guantanamo detainee, to three years in prison on Monday. Abdelaziz served both Lashkar-e-Taiba and al Qaeda, according to memos prepared by Joint Task Force-Guantanamo.


US Treasury lists 3 senior al Qaeda leaders as terrorists

The al Qaeda leaders were identified as Younis al Mauritani, a senior member of the external operations council who was recently arrested in Pakistan; Hassan Ghul, a key facilitator who was freed by the Pakistanis in 2007; and Abu Yahya al Libi, a top ideologue.


Suicide bombers kill 18 in attack on Algerian military academy

Sixteen soldiers were among those killed in the bombings in Cherchell. AQIM has carried out three suicide attacks in Algeria since mid-July.


AQIM suicide bombers kill 4 in Algeria

The suicide bombers attacked a police station in an area that serves as a stronghold for al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. The suicide attack is the first in Algeria this year.


Member of top al Qaeda operative's cell denied habeas petition

An Algerian Guantanamo detainee named Abdel Razak Ali was denied his petition for a writ of habeas corpus on Tuesday. Razak was a member of the terrorist cell of top al Qaeda operative Abu Zubaydah.
 
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