In Pictures: Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb


Click image to view the slideshow of the leadership of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

This presentation looks at some of the major leaders of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in the past and present. Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) is the result of Al Qaeda’s efforts to unite the various Salafist terror groups in North Africa. AQIM is made up of the Algerian-based Salafist Group for Prayer and Combat (GSPC), the Moroccan Islamic Combat Group, the Tunisian Combatant Group, and elements of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group. The GSPC forms the nucleus of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. The GSPC officially merged with al Qaeda in September 2006 and renamed the group al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in January 2007.

Bill Roggio is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Editor of FDD's Long War Journal.



  • Bill – I really appreciate and enjoy your site. The features showing the various leaders of the various terrorist groups and blocs is always keenly interesting. Of course it’s also supremely satisfying to see how many of these sub-animals we and our allies have sent to the eternal ScreamLand. These vile monsters are without doubt the worst of the worst, and I wouldn’t want to insult our beloved pet dogs or pigs by saying anything more… Hooah and Semper Fi!

  • Ali Bouras says:

    Your blog has been a very good resource for me. I like to see the reports organized on here. I clicked on the pictures link, but it was al-Qaeda in Chechnya… Is it not GSPC pictures that should be in the slide show?
    Thank you for your work!


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