If reports are correct, Berjawi may be the second British citizen killed in Somalia in two days. Oon Friday, an official al-Shabab Twitter feed displayed documents said to belong to Said Abdi Jaras, a Somali government official from London, as proof that he had been killed in battle by al-Shabaab. … [Read more...] about British ‘al-Qaida member’ killed in US drone attack in Somalia
AQIM originated from a group started in the late 1990s by radical Algerian Islamists, who in 2007 formally subscribed to Al-Qaida’s ideology. The group, formerly known as the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat, has bases in northern Mali from which it regularly carries out attacks and abductions of westerners in the sub-Saharan Sahel zone. … [Read more...] about French forces kill al-Qaida’s north Africa chief in Mali
But though he does not appear to have sworn any oath of allegiance, or bayat, to either man, Belmokhtar has spoken of his admiration for Bin Laden and Zawahiri. He has also expressed classic jihadi views that align him with "al-Qaidaism". He is, therefore, part of the new, fragmented and fast-evolving landscape of Islamic militancy in the region, which, in some aspects, resembles the anarchic days of the early 1990s. This was a period before Bin Laden achieved notoriety or succeeded in bringing some temporary, if partial, focus to the myriad strands of violent extremism. … [Read more...] about Algeria crisis: if al-Qaida is linked to refinery attack, the chain is very long
The latest attack “would seem to be an attempt by AQIM not just to reinforce itself as the main jihadist group in the region, but also to show that it can spread its violent campaign to new frontiers,” said the BBC’s Africa security correspondent, Tomi Oladipo. … [Read more...] about Why did Burkina Faso become al-Qaida’s latest target?
The USA executive director of Amnesty International, Steven W Hawkins, urged the Obama administration to ditch its policy of not commenting on drone strikes. "US silence is unacceptable. Instead of hiding behind secrecy, the US needs to acknowledge and immediately commit to investigating all credible reports of potentially unlawful killings," he said in a prepared statement. … [Read more...] about Air strike in Yemen kills 15 wedding guests mistaken for al-Qaida – officials