Al-Mourabitoun (Al-Qaida in West Africa) Terrorist Organizations // Al-Mourabitoun (Al-Qaida in West Africa)



Al-Mourabitoun was formed by Mokhtar Belmokhtar in August 2013 as a merger of two AQIM splinter groups, the Masked Men Brigade and MUJAO. Belmokhtar was a former AQIM commander who either resigned or was fired by AQIM in late 2012. A letter said to be from AQIM leaders to Belmokhtar uncovered by the Associated Press in 2013 said that he had failed to carry out any large-scale attacks. The letter also criticized Belmokhtar's refusal to answer his phone, turn in expense reports and carry...

 

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