January 17, 2013 Special Dispatch No. 5140

JTTM Report From December: Amid Reports Of Having Left AQIM, Mokhtar Belmokhtar Announces New Group, Threatens Against Military Intervention In Azawad

January 17, 2013
Africa | Special Dispatch No. 5140

On December 5, 2012, the Mauritanian news website reported that prominent Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) commander Mokhtar Belmokhtar had established a new group of fidayeen (martyrdom seekers) called Al-Muwaqi'un Bi-Dimaa', with the purpose of deterring any possible Western and African military intervention in Azawad. Belmokhtar announced the new group in a video message posted online the same day. In the message, he threated France and the African countries that the mujahideen would take retaliatory actions on their own soil if they intervened in Azawad.


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