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Published: April 22, 2015

Valerie Kong, intelligence analyst for the Risk and Information Services Division at Pilgrims Group, explores the threat posed by national and international extremist groups across Africa. Comissioned by Intersec magazine...

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM):
The resurgence of the al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) franchise and affiliated groups in the Sahel region will continue to be a threat, given opportunities emerging from deteriorating states in the Sahel. Among longstanding and newly formed jihadist groups, AQIM remains a major terrorist group with the capability and breadth of operations to carry out attacks.

AQIM’s affiliates, the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) and Ansar al-Dine, appear to have re-grouped and re-supplied, launching IED attacks on civilians and UN troops in Mali in January. Ansar al-Dine continues to launch attacks between northern Mali and Algeria, as cross-over operations from Algeria, Mali, Mauritania, Tunisia, Libya and Niger benefit from vast, porous borders. Locally-driven militants and aims also pose internal threats from conflicts between the groups and AQIM.

This feature goes on to cover:

  • Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM)

  • Al-Shabaab, Ansar al-Sharia

  • Boko Haram (Jama’at Ahl al-Sunnah Lil Dawa Wal Jihad)

  • Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Libya