This undated handout file picture taken on 26 July, 2010 apparently reveals Al-Qaeda within the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) chief Abdelmalek Droukdel, aka Abu Musab Abdul Wadud talking at an unknown location. Al-Qaeda within the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) chief Abdelmalek Droukdel was killed on 5 June, 2020 in Mali. (Hand-Out / AFP)
- Algerian Abu Obaida Yusuf al-Annabi has been named the brand new chief of the al-Qaeda.
- Al-Annabi will substitute Abdelmalek Droukdel who was killed in June.
- Al-Annabi is on the US’s worldwide terrorist blacklist.
The al-Qaeda within the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) group has chosen a brand new chief to exchange Abdelmalek Droukdel, who was killed in June by French forces, the SITE monitoring group reported.
Algerian Abu Obaida Yusuf al-Annabi, head of AQIM’s “Council of Dignitaries”, was named as Droukdel’s successor, SITE mentioned.
AQIM displayed the physique of its former chief for the primary time in a video, it added on Saturday.
Al-Annabi has been on the US’s “worldwide terrorist” blacklist since September 2015, in response to the Counter Extremism Undertaking.
He has frequently appeared within the group’s propaganda movies, and in 2013 demanded that Muslims retaliate towards France’s intervention in Mali.
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AQIM additionally confirmed the dying of Swiss nationwide Beatrice Stoeckli, who was kidnapped in Timbuktu whereas working as a missionary in 2016.
It blamed her dying on an try by “French crusaders” to free her.
AQIM emerged from a gaggle began within the late Nineties by Algerian fighters who, in 2007, pledged allegiance to Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda community.
The group has claimed duty for quite a few assaults on troops and civilians throughout the Sahel area, together with a 2016 assault on an upmarket lodge and restaurant in Burkina Faso that killed 30 individuals, primarily Westerners.
France has greater than 5 000 troops deployed in its “anti-jihadist” Barkhane power within the Sahel.