The al Qaeda-linked Movement for Tawhid [Unity] and Jihad in West Africa created the Abdullah Azzam, Al Zarqawi, and the Abu al Laith al Libi battalions, as well as the Martyrdom-Seekers Battalion. These join the previously established Osama bin Laden Battalion.
The 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.
The US and UN have added the Movement for Tawhid and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) to the list of terrorist entities. Additionally, Hamad el Khairy, a senior leader, and Ahmed el Tilemsi, the military emir, were designated as global terrorists.