December 15, 2011 Special Dispatch No. 4366

AQIM Commander Belmokhtar: Obtaining Libyan Weapons, Operating In Mauritania, Merging With Al-Qaeda, Impacted By Internal Conflicts

December 15, 2011
Special Dispatch No. 4366

On November 9, 2011, the Mauritanian news agency ANI published an interview with prominent Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) commander Mokhtar bin Muhammad Belmokhtar, also known as Khalid Abu Al-Abbas and by his nickname "Al-A'war"("the one-eyed"). Most of the interview focused on the AQIM-Mauritania connection.

The interview also provided information about the allegations that AQIM had obtained some of Libyan leader Mu'ammar Al-Qadhafi's weapons; about its presence among the Libyan rebels; about the power struggle among the AQIM commanders; about the accusations of AQIM involvement in criminal activities; and about the 2007 merger between AQIM and Al-Qaeda central....

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