21 April 2010

Good news in the fight against AQIM

The four Saharan countries most at risk from Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (Algeria, Mauritania, Mali, and Niger) have formed a joint command center in Algeria. While there are technically state borders in the Sahara, they do not affect AQIM much, and only a joint effort has any chance of slowing AQIM down. There are no details about how much the four countries will be working together, but it seems there will be some intelligence sharing and joint military actions.


  1. I thought AQIM was Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia (the Iraq one) and that the North Africa one was AOIM. I could be wrong or this may just not be very clear.

    Is the North Africa group active in Morocco?

  2. I think Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia is usually referred to as simply AQI. I could be wrong, though.

    I don't think the North Africa group is very active in Morocco, just because it is difficult to get there from their Saharan bases.