AQIM aimed to take over all "jihadist activities in the Sahara"
David Blair of The Telegraph explains how he discovered a record of a March 18 meeting of the leaders of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in Timbuktu. The document detailed plans by AQIM leadership to "take command and control of all jihadist activities in the Sahara." A full translation of the document and additional context can be found at Blair's report.
See also Long War Journal coverage: Al Qaeda in Mali sought to hide foreign designs