North African Al Quaeda Cell Gets New Leader

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has replaced Abdelmalek Droukdel, who was killed in June by French forces with Algerian Abu Obaida Yusuf al-Annabi.

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has replaced Abdelmalek Droukdel, who was killed in June by French forces with Algerian Abu Obaida Yusuf al-Annabi.

According to the Search for International Terrorist Entities (SITE) monitoring group,  Al-Annabi was chosen because he was the head of AQIM’s “Council of Dignitaries.”

Al-Annabi is accused of having participated, in 2007 attacks against official buildings, including police stations in Algiers, and is on the US ‘international terrorist’ blacklist since September 2015.

Al-Annabi has regularly appeared in the group’s propaganda videos, and in 2013, he demanded that Muslims retaliate against France’s alleged intervention in Mali.

Droukdeln was confirmed dead after the AQIM displayed his body on video last Saturday.

Aside from Drake, the AQIM also reported that Swiss national Beatrice Stoeckli, who was abducted in Timbuktu while working as a missionary in 2016 had died during a rescue attempt conducted by French forces. 


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