05 Sep '18, 9pm

US designates al Qaeda's branch in Mali as terror organization | FDD's Long War Journal

Iyad Ghali, center, announced the formation of Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin in Mar. 2017. The State Department announced today that it has added Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin (JNIM), al Qaeda’s branch in Mali and West Africa, to the US government’s terrorist designation lists. JNIM was established in Mar. 2017 , bringing together several preexisting al Qaeda groups under a common banner. The leader of JNIM is Iyad Ghaly, a Malian Tuareg jihadist. Ghaly is openly loyal to al Qaeda, as well as the emir of the Taliban. “On this blessed occasion, we renew our pledge of allegiance [bayat ] to our honorable emirs and sheikhs: Abu Musab Abdel Wadoud, our beloved and wise sheikh Ayman al Zawahiri and…the emir of the Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan, Mullah Haibatullah, may Allah protect them and support them,” Ghaly said when he announced the formation of JNIM. Wadoud...

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