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al-Qaeda (AQ) "resembles a vast terror nebula, with many different parts diffusely connected to each other and to the core of the organization" (Private Armed Forces and Global Security, p. 64). Imagining al-Qaeda in this way, this sections incorporates news articles and special reports highlighting the diffuse constitution of al-Qaeda in the 21st century. In particular, we are currently concentrating on three key AQ offshoots: al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, al-Qaeda in Iraq, and al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. Please also browse the other sections to identify terrorist groups ispired by AQ.
 
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NOTEWORTHY RECENT TERRORIST ATTACKS | LAW AND ORDER | INTERNATIONAL TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS, RECENT ACTIVITY

NOTEWORTHY RECENT TERRORIST ATTACKS

COTE D'IVORE (IVORY COAST): Attack on Grand Bassam beach resort, Ivory Coast, March 14, 2016. Nineteen victims from six different countries massacred whilst on the beach.

Horror at the beach: 22 dead in terrorist attack on Ivory Coast resorts. Six figures in black appeared on the beach. They wore balaclavas. They carried guns. They opened fire. By Michael E. Miller, The Washington Post, March 14, 2016: MULTIMEDIA

16 dead in Grand Bassam beach resort attack. AQIM has been almost dormant in the past few years, but it stepped up its presence after announcing in December that it had partnered with the more active militant group al-Murabitoun. BBC News, March 14, 2016: MULTIMEDIA

The Re-Emergence of AQIM in Africa. Although it pulled off terrorist attacks in Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Mali and Mauritania in the past few years, it has remained focused on Algeria. By  Olivier Guitta, AllAfrica, March 20, 2016: TEXT

 


LAW AND ORDER

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INTERNATIONAL TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS, RECENT ACTIVITY
NAME
(IN)ACTIVE
COUNTRY/REGION
al-Qa'ida/al-Qaeda (AQ)
ACTIVE
IRAQ

 

Jihadist groups around the world. Rather than eliminating al-Qaeda, counter-terrorism efforts have caused it to atomise and disperse, morphing into several different organisations around the Middle East, Africa and Asia, with large numbers of jihadist sympathisers in Europe. By Frank Gardner, BBC News, June 19, 2014: TEXT | PICTURES | MAP (Pinned)

US forces target leading al-Shabaab militant in Somalian coastal raid. During the Libya raid, carried out by members of Seal team six that killed Osama bin Laden in his Pakistan hideout in 2011, senior al-Qaida figure Anas al-Liby was seized. By Peter Beaumont and agencies, The Observer, October 6, 2013: TEXT | PICTURE

 
Al-Shabab, which was targeted during the series of raids is covered on the TERRORISM IN AFRICA page

 

Jordan 'al-Qaeda plot uncovered.' The 11 arrested men had brought in weapons from neighbouring Syria, and al-Qaeda operatives in Iraq had helped them manufacture home-made explosives. BBC News, October 21, 2012: click here

Israeli Warplanes Kill 5 Palestinain Militants in Gaza. Gaza medics said the first Israeli air strike killed Salafist commander Hisham Saidani, the head of a Salafist group linked to al-Qaida. Voice of America, October 14, 2012: click here

Pro-al Qaeda group seen behind deadly Benghazi attack that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya (includes VIDEO). By Nic Robertson. the attack immediately followed a call from al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri for revenge for the death in June of a senior Libyan member of the terror group Abu Yahya al-Libya. Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister, CNN, September 12, 2012: click here

Libya Al Qaeda Threat Growing, U.S. Military Officials Say. Army Gen. Carter Ham, who heads the U.S. Africa Command and directed the U.S.-led coalition that collapsed the regime of Muammar Gaddafi last year, expressed concern that violent extremist organizations were establishing a presence in post-war Libya. By David Wood, TheHuffingtonPost, September 12, 2012: click here

 
al-Qa'ida/al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
ACTIVE
ARABIAN PENINSULA

 

Yemen says key al-Qaeda chief Said al-Shihri killed. Said al-Shihri, described as the second-in-command of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), has been killed in an operation in southern Yemen, government officials say. BBC News, September, 10, 2012: click here

Tribal militias battle al-Qaeda in Yemen (VIDEO). The fighting between Yemeni forces and al-Qaeda militants has affected Yemeni towns, including Jaar and Zinjibar in the south. The Washington Post, August 21, 2012: click here

 
al-Qaida/al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI)
ACTIVE
WORLDWIDE

 

Over 70 Killed In A Massive Wave Of Militant Attacks In Iraq. By Amrutha Gayathri, International Business Times, August 17, 2012: click here

Syria conflict: Damascus bomb increases pressure on UN. U.S. officials have agreed that they see fighters linked to al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) as responsible for earlier bombings in Damascus and Aleppo. By Shashank Joshi ( Research fellow, Royal United Services Institute), BBC News, May 10, 2012: click here

 
al-Qaida/al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM, formerly the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat or GSPC)
ACTIVE
NORTH AFRICA

 

COTE D'IVORE (IVORY COAST): Grand Bassam beach resort, Ivory Coast, March 14, 2016. Nineteen victims from six different countries massacred whilst on the beach.

Horror at the beach: 22 dead in terrorist attack on Ivory Coast resorts. Six figures in black appeared on the beach. They wore balaclavas. They carried guns. They opened fire. By Michael E. Miller, The Washington Post, March 14, 2016: MULTIMEDIA

16 dead in Grand Bassam beach resort attack. AQIM has been almost dormant in the past few years, but it stepped up its presence after announcing in December that it had partnered with the more active militant group al-Murabitoun. BBC News, March 14, 2016: MULTIMEDIA

The Re-Emergence of AQIM in Africa. Although it pulled off terrorist attacks in Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Mali and Mauritania in the past few years, it has remained focused on Algeria. By  Olivier Guitta, AllAfrica, March 20, 2016: TEXT

 

ALGERIA HOSTAGE CRISIS

Algeria's al-Qaida emerges from the Sahara to be a new regional terror threat. Al-Qaida's branch in Algeria retreated into a Sahara no man's land between Mali, Algeria and Mauritania after it was largely defeated by the Algerian army in the 1990s. AP, Fox News, January 20, 2013: TEXT | PICTURE

Algerian crisis: energy giants' security concerns (BP, Cepsa, Eni, Gazpron, Repsol, Statoil). Energy giants will be rethinking their presence in the region after Islamist fighters seize foreign workers at Algeria's In Amenas field. Channel 4 News, January 18, 2013: TEXT | VIDEO

Algerian government: some hostages killed and injured. Foreign Secretary William Hague dismissed their claims that the kidnapping was related to France's operation in MaliChannel 4 News, January 17, 2013: TEXT | VIDEO

Islamists say they hold 41 hostages after Algeria raid. The terror group holding them is believed led by Khaled Abu al-Abas, alias Mokhtar bil-Mokhtar - who claimed it is holding 41 hostages, among them seven Americans, two French nationals, two Britons and two Japanese. By Jonathan Miller, Channel 4 News, January 16, 2013: TEXT / VIDEO

- Stirling Group: Stirling Facilities Management Ltd: Algerian Facilities Management Company (AFMC): click here

MALI (more on MALI at INSURGENCY - SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA)

Al-Qaeda's 'Emir of Sahara' Makhloufi dies in Mali. An al-Qaeda-linked commander known as the Emir of the Sahara, Nabil Makhloufi, has died in a car crash in Mali. BBC Newws, September 10, 2012: click here

 

 

 
 
 
 

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