Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb


The U.S. military is conducting secret missions all over Africa

U.S. military presence in Africa is already huge and still growing.
Nick Turse
Burkina Faso

20 dead in terrorist attack on Turkish restaurant in the Sahel

Tim Hume

Islamist Militants in West Africa Plan to Attack Ghana and Togo Next, Says Government

Ghana's immigration service released a memo stating that Ghana and Togo will be the next targets for Islamist fighters, following high-profile attacks this year in Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast.
Reuters and VICE News

Al Qaeda Says It Carried Out Ivory Coast Beach Attack as Revenge Against France

The militants said Sunday's raid in Grand Bassam, which killed 18 people, was meant as a warning for countries who have allied with France and its military operations in West Africa.
VICE News and Reuters

Al Qaeda Militants Stopped for Beers Before Launching Deadly Beach Attack in Ivory Coast

Four men arrived in a Ford saloon car at a beachside bar around noon on Sunday, according to a waiter at the establishment, before launching the attack that killed 18 people.
Reuters and VICE News

Bloody Attacks on Ivory Coast Hotels Raise Profile of African al Qaeda Branch

This is the third time in recent months that the North African-based group al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has claimed responsibility for an attack on soft targets in West Africa.
Kayla Ruble

Husband of Burkina Faso Terror Victim Hangs Up on Justin Trudeau in Anger

"I hung up in his face. And it felt good,” Yves Richard told a Montreal radio station on Thursday. His wife was among six Canadians killed in the Friday assault on the capital of Burkina Faso.
Rachel Browne

Witness Describes 'Complete Bloodbath' as Security Forces Retake Burkina Faso Hotel

Special forces troops freed around 150 hostages from a hotel in Burkina Faso's capital that was attacked by al Qaeda fighters, but at least two dozen people from 18 countries were killed.
Reuters and VICE News

Mauritania Is After an Escaped Al Qaeda Militant Who Tried to Kill the President

A statement released on public television late on Saturday urged residents to provide information on Cheikh Ould Saleck, a militant with Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb who has been on death row since 2011.
VICE News and Reuters

Three Dead After Rocket Attack on UN Peacekeeping Base in Northern Mali

A total of 20 people were wounded after unknown attackers fired rockets at a UN peacekeeping base in Kidal in northern Mali.
Reuters and VICE News

Mali Militant Will be First to Face International Charges for Destroying Historic Sites

In the first case of its kind, the International Criminal Court arrested a Malian rebel accused of attacking historic religious monuments in the ancient city of Timbuktu.

French Army Kills Malian Terrorist Commander Linked to Murders of French Hostages

Abdelkrim al-Targui, a high-ranking member of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, was held responsible for the kidnapping and killing of several French hostages.
Pierre Longeray