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Mali: October 2016 Violence Related to AQIM, Ansar al-Din, MUJWA, and Islamic State Branch in the Sahel
There were at least 16 casualties and 21 injuries in violent attacks related to VEOs in Mali in October 2016. Out of 18 attacks MINUSMA forces were targeted 5 times, Malian Army 8 times, Barkhane forces 3 times, 1 civilian vehicle [ambulance at Malian Army...read more
By Rida Lyammouri October 10th, 2016 "The whole population of Niger is at shock after Tazalit attack," said Malian refugee in Niger. Malians fled Mali to find safety in Niger, but it's challenging for a country with no resources and capabilities, and facing violence...read more
October 5th, 2016 By Rida Lyammouri This report, however, includes unseen images and screenshots of Macina brigade high quality video after Nampala attack. For the first time Sahel MeMo is providing pictures of Macina fighters and important amount of weapons seized...read more
By Rida Lyammouri October 4th, 2016 Violence by violent extremist organizations (VEOs) continued in September 2016 and Ansar al-Din remained the most active in Mali. Most of the attacks conducted in northern and central Mali were claimed by the group through its media...read more
Rida Lyammouri September 27, 2016 There are still no news and more questions asked than answers one week after the kidnapping of two Italians and one Canadian in southwest Libya. Italian government was first to confirm the abduction of two of its citizens while...read more
Key members of the National Movement for the Liberation of the Azawad (MNLA) split from the group and created Mouvement pour le Salut de l’Azawad (MSA). The MSA is an initiative led by two former MNLA figures, Moussa Ag Acharatoumane and Assalat Ag Habi. While Moussa...read more
Video started circulating on the messenger application Whatsapp of Tebu armed movement. The group was supposedly created in 2008 but never really conducted any violent attacks against Nigerien authorities. In the video, a representative of the group confirmed the...read more
Security situation in Mali remains a major concern due to ongoing attacks by violent extremist organizations (VEOs) against Malian, French, and the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). Similar to July, almost exclusively all the attacks...read more
There are two types of Islamist militant groups operating in Libya. Local groups: Benghazi Revolutionaries Shurah Council (BRSC), Darnah Revolutionaries Shurah Council (DRSC), Ajdabiya Revolutionaries Shurah Council (ARSC), Ansar al-Sharia Libya (AAS), Defense Brigade...read more
Key points of the interview based on Abu Mus’ab al-Barnawi (Habeeb Bin Muhamed Bin Youssef al-Barnawi) comments: Motivation behind pledging allegiance to the so-called Islamic State (IS) was seeing strength fighting as one and in unity. The real name of the group was...read more
On August 7th Jamaatu Ahl as-Sunnah li-Daawati wal-Jihad or better known as Boko Haram released a new video in response to the appointment of Abu Mus’ab al-Barnawi, who is real name is Habeeb Bin Muhamed Bin Youssef al-Barnawi, as new emir of Islamic State in West...read more
Violent extremist organizations (VEOs) operating in Mali remained active and operational in Mali throughout the month of July, especially Ansar al-Din. Attacks conducted in Mali were mainly carried by Ansar al-Din, targeting mostly the Multidimensional Integrated...read more
On July 5th, 2016, the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) or better known as Boko Haram, released a 14mn video titled: the Battle of Bosso. Exactly a month ago on June 3th ISWAP militants conducted one of the deadliest attacks on Nigerien forces military...read more
Violent extremist organizations (VEOs) operating in Mali remained aggressive in June and deadly throughout northern and central Mali, especially Ansar al-Din. VEOs operational in Mali include Ansar al-Din, the Macina Liberation Front (MLF) or Ansar al-Din southern...read more
By Rida Lyammouri June 20th, 2016 On June 19th a new armed group emerged in central Mali, Alliance Nationale pour la Souvegarde de l'Identité Peule et la Restauration de la Justice (ANSIPRJ), roughly translated to the National Alliance for the Protection of Fulani...read more
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