As the al-Qaeda (AQ) affiliated Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimeen (NIM) becomes increasingly active in Mali, foreign energy companies operating in the region remain at high risk.
Three jihadi factions in Mali, Ansar Dine and the Sahara and Murabitoon branches of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), announced their merger and their pledge of allegiance to al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.
The Mali-based Ansar Dine released an audio speech from group official lauding its fighters and urging civilians to avoid military targets.
The Mali-based Ansar Dine claimed credit for the attack at a gendarmerie checkpoint in Tenenkou.
The Mali-based Ansar Dine reportedly claimed an RPG attack on a MINUSMA base in which Chadian forces are gathered.
The Mali-based Ansar Dine claimed two separate bombings on MINUSMA forces near Aguelhok, one striking a vehicle within a convoy, and the other hitting a tank.
The Mali-based Ansar Dine claimed destroying a MINUSMA armored vehicle in a landmine blast near Aguelhok. In a communique issued on December 29, 2016, the group's Rimaah Media reported that one day prior, fighters detonated the explosive on the vehicle as it traveled between Taglit and Eygharghar villages, 40 kilometers north of Aguelhok, destroying it.
Ansar Dine claimed capturing a Malian military officer and killing and wounding other soldiers in an ambush between Nampala and Diabaly.
The Mali-based Ansar Dine claimed a rocket strike on barracks of "Crusader occupiers" in Kidal. According to a communique issued by the group's Rimaah Media on December 26, 2016, fighters fired several rockets at the target the previous night, achieving direct hits.Following is translation of the message:Targeting Crusader Barracks with Rockets in KidalBy the grace of Allah the Almighty, your brothers the mujahideen were able on Sunday, 26 Rabie al-Awwal 1438H, corresponding to 26 December 2016M, to target barracks known as “Kandi” of the Crusader occupiers in the city of Kidal, with several rockets. The hits were direct, and unto Allah is all praise.Rabie al-Awwal 1438H \ December 2016M
Ansar Dine claimed three operations against Malian soldiers in Mali's Mopti and Ségou regions, two involving armed attacks, and one using a landmine.
Ansar al-Deen Front, a Syrian faction operating in Aleppo, released a video of a slain fighter from Spain who was killed in clashes against the regime forces.
Ansar Dine claimed blowing up an armored vehicle of MINUSMA forces on the road between the Malian towns of Gossi and Hombori.
The Mali-based Ansar Dine claimed blowing up a French military vehicle in Kidal, making it the third such vehicle to be destroyed in the region in four days.
Ansar Dine claimed destroying a French military vehicle in a mine blast near Boghassa in Mali's Kidal region, one day after allegedly destroying another in the same region.
Ansar Dine claimed destroying a French military vehicle in a mine blast in the town of Tessalit in Mali's Kidal region.
Ansar Dine claimed credit for the attack on a jail in Niono in Mali’s Segou region and freeing more than 100 prisoners, and also reported attacks on French and MINUSMA forces in Abeibara, Amachach, and Kidal.
The Mali-based Ansar Dine claimed destroying a French military vehicle in Abeibara and alleged that the enemy retaliated with random bombardment on several inhabited areas.
The Mali-based Ansar Dine claimed destroying a French armored vehicle in a mine blast near Abeibara.
The Mali-based Ansar Dine claiming destroying a "Crusader" vehicle with a landmine near Abeibara.
The Mali-based Ansar Dine released a video showing a rocket attack and suicide bombing on a MINUSMA base in Kidal, which took place in February 2016.