Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb


Al-Qaeda claims attack on UN military camp in Timbuktu

Feb 06, 2016 - 11:15 PM

The attack comes 3 months after a similar strike on the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako and one month after a raid on a top hotel in Burkina Faso

Al-Qaeda affiliate claims Swiss woman's kidnap in new video

Jan 27, 2016 - 9:29 PM

Beatrice Stockly who was previously abducted by Islamists in northern Mali in 2012 is taken for the second time on January 7

Al-Qaeda names Burkina attackers

Jan 18, 2016 - 9:50 PM

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb says the Splendid Hotel was one of the most dangerous dens of global espionage in the west of the African continent

TERROR ATTACK. File photo of paramedics evacuating a body outside the Splendid hotel and the Cappuccino restaurant following a jihadist attack in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on January 16, 2016. Photo by Issouf Sanogo/Agence France-Presse

National mourning in Burkina after hotel attack leaves 29 dead

Jan 17, 2016 - 8:17 AM

UPDATED President Roch Marc Christian Kabore: For the first time in its history our country has fallen victim to a series of barbaric terrorist attacks

TERROR ATTACK. Paramedics evacuate a body outside the Splendid hotel and the Cappuccino restaurant following a jihadist attack in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on January 16, 2016. Photo by Issouf Sanogo/Agence France-Presse

At least 26 killed in jihadist attack on Burkina Faso hotel

Jan 16, 2016 - 9:32 AM

5th UPDATE Security forces retake the four star Splendid hotel popular with Westerners and UN personnel A total of 126 people were freed including 33 wounded

AL-QAEDA ATTACK. Burkina Faso's soldier stands near Hotel Splendid where the attackers remain with sporadic gunfire continuing in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou on January 15, 2016. Photo by Ahmed Ouoba / AFP

Three dead in rocket attack on UN base in north Mali

Nov 29, 2015 - 8:00 AM

A senior Ansar Dine Defenders of the Faith figure Hamadou Ag Khallini says the attack was in response to the violation of our lands by the enemies of Islam

Algeria gas plant jihadist Belmokhtar 'killed in US strike'

Jun 15, 2015 - 10:20 AM

UPDATED One eyed Islamist commander Belmokhtar was the leader of the north African Al Murabitoun militant group and a former chief of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb AQIM

KILLED. An undated handout picture made available by the US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) on 15 June 2015 shows Mokhtar Belmokhtar, a veteran Islamist fighter affiliated with al-Qaeda in North Africa. FBI/EPA

UN hit by another deadly attack in Mali, vows to boost defenses

Oct 08, 2014 - 11:47 AM

This is no longer in the context of maintaining peace says Herve Ladsous the UN s head of peacekeeping operations as he announces deployments of drones and armored vehicles

The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) holds a memorial ceremony 7 Oct 2014 for 9 Nigerien peacekeepers of the Mission who were killed in a targeted ambush against a MINUSMA convoy on the road between Ansongo and Menaka, Mali, on 3 October 2014. Bamako, Mali / Marco Dormino/UN Photo

Nigeria and neighbors to join forces over abducted girls

May 17, 2014 - 10:20 AM

The international community has been mobilized over the plight of the girls Among the resources already put at Nigeria s disposal have been US drones and surveillance aircraft

US warns of new generation of global terrorists

May 02, 2014 - 12:28 AM

Extremist violence last year was also increasingly marked by sectarian motives which the US said was a worrisome trend

TERRORISM? Flames and smoke rise from the site of twin bombings in Syria on April 9, 2014. File photo by EPA

France says 40 Islamists killed in recent Mali operations

Mar 20, 2014 - 6:15 PM

France s Defense minister Jean Yves Le Drian says French soldiers have killed about 40 Islamist fighters including senior comanders in Mali

Mali goes to polls under threat of Islamist violence

Nov 25, 2013 - 1:13 AM

The polls mark Mali s first steps to recovery after it was plunged into chaos by a military coup in March last year

Tunisia crisis deepens after failure to pick new PM

Nov 05, 2013 - 9:44 PM

The press laments the failure to reach an agreement saying both sides were to blame

CRISIS CONTINUES. Tunisian leader Hamma Hammami speaks to reporters on the sidelines of a recent national dialogue aimed at ending the ongoing political standoff. Photo by EPA/MOHAMED MESSARA

Ransom questions as freed Frenchmen arrive home

Oct 31, 2013 - 7:19 AM

The Frenchmen s captors reportedly demanded at least 90 million euros for the release of the four

BACK HOME. French President Francois Hollande (2-R) delivers a speech welcoming the safe return of former French hostages Pierre Legrand (2-L), Thierry Dol (R), Daniel Larribe (3-L) and Marc Feret (L) upon their arrival at Villacoublay military airport outside Paris, France, 30 October 2013. EPA/ Ian Langsdon

Hunger, shrinking supplies fuelled Islamist push in Mali

Jan 21, 2013 - 10:18 PM

Hunger dwindling resources and a determination to sow chaos across Mali were driving forces behind the sudden insurgent push south that triggered an ongoing French led military response experts say

IN MALI. French soldiers from the 5th RHC (Combat Helicopter Regiment) walk on the flight path on January 20, 2013 at the 101st airbase near Bamako. AFP PHOTO / ERIC FEFERBERG

Mali Islamists tighten grip on occupied north

Sep 02, 2012 - 12:16 PM

Islamic extremists who control the northern half of Mali on Saturday September 1 captured their furthest position south in the town of Douentza which frontiers government held territory