07 Oct '17, 11pm

Analysis: Al Qaeda groups reorganize in West Africa | FDD's Long War Journal

In fact, Zawahiri’s reach has long extended into Africa. He first recognized AQIM as an official branch of al Qaeda in Sept. 2006. A letter recovered during the May 2011 Abbottabad raid , and apparently authored by Osama bin Laden, made it clear that Zawahiri had a large say in managing AQIM. The author (presumably bin Laden) told Droukdel that there were “some obstacles in the correspondence of letters between the brothers and me” at the time. “[S]o when any message is sent to me, please send a copy to Abu Muhammad Sheikh Ayman al Zawahiri; he is in constant contact with the brothers and is in charge of following up the affairs in the Islamic Maghreb,” bin Laden wrote.

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