Al-Qaeda (AQ)-linked jihadists confirmed the deaths of JNIM deputy leader Yahya Abu al-Hammam and "Ansar al-Shariah in Tunisia" founder Abu Ayyad al-Tunisi, both in a French military operation in Mali.
Jama'at Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen (JNIM), al-Qaeda's Mali branch, released a video from its official for the country's Macina region inciting the Fula people there and in the entirety of the Sahel and West Africa to take up arms.
Yahya Abu al-Hammam, the deputy leader of al-Qaeda's (AQ) branch in Mali, Jama'at Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen (JNIM), warned members of the Mécanisme Opérationnel de Coordination (MOC) to repent and leave their service or be pursued by fighters and killed.
The Mali-based branch of al-Qaeda (AQ), Jama'at Nusrtat al-Islam wal Muslimeen (JNIM), released a video challenging France and its coalition partners in Mali and the Sahel while promoting its fighters, and featured footage for the first time of its deputy leader, Yahya Abu al-Hammam.
A statement attributed to Yahya Abu al-Hammam, the deputy leader of al-Qaeda's (AQ) branch in Mali Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen (JNIM), warned tribesmen from cooperating with enemy forces, announcing that one individual was already executed in Timbuktu.
The Mali-based al-Qaeda (AQ) branch, Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen (NIM), reportedly claimed credit for a landmine explosion on a Malian army vehicle, while a source "close" to the group denied the killing of two leaders in Libya.
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.
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) released an audio speech from the leader of its Sahara division, Jemal Oukacha (AKA Yahya Abu al-Hammam), inciting against France and calling on Muslims to fight.
Yahya Abu al-Hammam, the leader of the Sahara branch of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), threatened France in an audio speech on the November 20, 2015, joint attack with al-Murabitoon on the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako.