The chief judge for Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen (NIM), the Mali-based branch of al-Qaeda (AQ), called on Malian Muslims to embrace jihad as a tool of change and a means to establish Shariah-based governance, instead of participating in elections.
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.
In the wake of the suicide bombing claimed by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) on Malian army and Azawadi militia barracks in Gao, the group’s Sahara division released an audio speech from a Shariah official threatening additional operations.
The Sahara branch of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) released a video of its executing three spies, two by beheading and one by gunshot, and calling on other spies to surrender and repent before they are captured.
The Sahara branch of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) released an audio speech from Abu Abdul Rahman Ali al-Sanhaji, the group’s deputy Shariah judge, inciting Muslims in North and West Africa for jihad.