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Working on a project the last couple of months about the history of #Al_Qaeda and where it is now. A big takeaway: there has probably never been a moment when the group is so manipulated, influenced, and even controlled in places by state powers.
The role of state intelligence services in manipulating and using terrorist groups for their own ends remains nearly absent in Terrorism Studies; most people even think it's all "conspiracy theory" talk. But it's such a massive operational factor that this is weird.
.@ReuelMGerecht once wrote that the 'nonstate' actor ... designation [of Al-Qaeda] was always more myth than fact". If he overstated, it wasn't by much.…
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Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (#AQIM) has confirmed the death of its Algerian leader Abdelmalek Droukdel (aka Abu Musab Abd al-Wadud) in a French operation in northern Mali, without naming a successor. France had announced his death on 5 Jun saying he died on 3 June.
The audio message was delivered by AQIM's media chief Abu Abd al-Ilah Ahmad who delivered four messages but gave no info about who may succeed Droukdel. AQIM senior figure Abu Ubaydah Yusuf al-Annabi in my opinion is a strong contender.
The AQIM media chief offered condolences to jihadists in Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Tunisia and Algeria on the death of "your emir". This highlights the broader/overarching role played by the AQIM leader with regard to jihadists in the Sahel (#JNIM) and not just in North Africa.
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#AQMI #AlQaeda confirme officiellement, par la voix d’Abou Abdallah Ahmed responsable des médias, la mort d’Abou Moussaab Abdel Wadoud #Droukdel « au nord #Mali suite à une frappe de la #France » // #AQIM confirms officially the death of it’s emir due to a French strike in Mali
Dans une compil +11 le resp. media:
1. À la #France la guerre n’est qu’à ses débuts et elle ne fléchira pas avant le retrait du dernier soldat français d’Afrique alors que vous voyez de vos propres yeux comment les peuples de la région se rallient à nos demandes de vous chasser
2. Aux gouverneurs apostats [...] vous constatez l’impuissance de la #France & de l’#ONU de prémunir contre les frappes des moujahudin malgré l’équipements [...]revenez à votre raison avant qu’il ne soit trop tard [...] et de subir le sort de Kadhafi, BenAli, Bouteflika ou Haftar
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L’#EI évoque les combats avec #AlQaeda #AQIM #JNIM qualifiés d’apostat « les apostats d’#AQ sont venus en convois combattre dans le #Liptako, ils n’ont pas été ciblés [...] quel rapport avec les négos /certains de leurs commandants vivent à #Timiaouine & #Tinzouaten en #Algérie » Image
PT parmi les affrontements évoqués avec #AQ « un à la frontière entre le #BurkinaFaso et #Ghana »
Titre du long article du journal de l’#EI « #Liptako cimetière des croisés et des apostats / les soldats du califat combattent sur plusieurs fronts au #Sahel dont un est fasse à la milice d’#AlQaeda » Image
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#Sahel source propre #AQMI « Abou Moussab Abdel Wadoud est bien mort »
#AQIM source « Abu Moussab Abdel Wadoud is dead » cc @FRANCE24 Image
De source propre « le responsable de la branche médiatique de #JNIM al-Zallaqa est mort auprès de #Droukdel #AQMI // #JNIM head of media organ al-Zallaqa died along #AQIM’s emir » probablement il s’agit de Tawfik Chouaaib
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THREAD: If al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb #AQIM confirms the reported death of its leader Abu Musab Abd al-Wadud (aka Abdelmalek Droukdel), who might it name as successor?
The first person that comes to mind is Abu Ubaydah Yusuf al-Annabi, who is described as the head of AQIM's 'Council of Elders'. He's been the public face of AQIM and delivered most of its messages in 2019 on the subject of the Algeria protests.
Another figure in the group is AQIM's head of media, Abu Abd al-Ilah Ahmad, but he doesn't have a strong profile.
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#AQIM in a 33:16 for the 1st time admits the death of Abu Iyadh alTunsi #Tunisia & Yehya Abu alHumam #Algeria in #Mali. They been reported killed north of #Timbuktu a year ago feb 2019 by #Barkhane Image
The audio compilation by Abu Mosaab Abdel Wadud, head of #AQIM, is mostly about Abu Iyadh remembering his role in many countries of the #Sahel, as Shura prominent member, here we see him in the funeral of Mohamad al-Zhawi head of Ansar alSharia #Libya killed in #Benghazi Image
The compilation ends with a diapo of fallen jihadi leaders starting with Sayed Qotb, Abdallah Azzam, Anwar al-Awlaki etc and ends with Qassem al-Rimi killed by US drone in #Yemen a few weeks ago. ImageImageImageImage
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Amid the ongoing conflict in NW #Syria, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (#HTS) continues to evolve in intriguing ways - into a more politically mature & intelligent jihadist movement.

It's current leadership clearly seeks to position itself somewhere between #MuslimBrotherhood & #AlQaeda.
There's now little question that #HTS no longer represents #AlQaeda.

It's clearly still an extremist movement, but signs continue to add up indicating that it's developing into something qualitatively different than the Jabhat al-Nusra of 2014-15 - a "Shami #Taliban," perhaps.
Most recently in the public space, #HTS issued a statement acknowledging its willingness to abide by an externally-negotiated (by #Turkey, #Iran & #Russia) ceasefire.

That was a first.

Its never happened before in #Syria & it's not a move any #AlQaeda affiliate would ever take.
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#Russia-n mercenaries are now showing up everywhere in #Africa: one country in particular is the #CAR where Russians are also providing weapons. Also present in the #Niger Delta of #Nigeria actually helping the rebels that target the western oil companies.
Fascinating story on how #Russia entered the #CAR. It was blocking a delivery of weapons from #France to #Bangui so #Macron told CAR President to go and convince Russia to unblock the sale. Instead Russia saw an opportunity to sell its own weapons to CAR.
3 #Russian journalists killed in #CAR while filming #Wagner, the private military firm run by Evgeny #Prigozhin used especially in #Syria, part of #Putin's inner circle. Documentary was part of @tzurrealism, supported by Mikhail #Khodorkovsky.
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