Exclusive: End of the run for Tunisian Ansar al-Sharia founder Abu Iyadh al-Tunisi

Seifallah Ben Hassine, commonly known as Abu Iyadh al-Tunisi—one of North Africa’s most influential jihadi ideologues—is confirmed to have been killed on February 21, 2019, in northern Mali. A senior Tunisian Al-Qaida member, Afghanistan veteran, and founder of the Islamist organization Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia (AST) is now confirmed to have been killed in an …

Mali: New video release by AQIM’s Al-Andalus Media – ‘Traitors 2’

AQIM’s Al-Andalus Media released a 22m31sec high quality video focusing on spies, or as described ‘traitors’, locals providing intelligence to French (Barkhane)-, Malian-, Mauritanian- and MINUSMA forces. A previous video on the subject was released on December 7, 2015 entitled ‘Traitors’, thus making this release the “sequel”. The video begins with a Qur’an recitation of two …

Mali: Suicide attack targeted Swedish peacekeepers in Timbuktu

Approximate location of the attack On the evening of October 10, around 20h00 local time, a suicide bomber targeted a Swedish MINUSMA patrol in the town of Timbuktu. While the patrol was conducting a routine mission an unidentified man approached the patrol and detonated an explosive device attached to his body, probably a explosive belt, …