It’s been a little bit since I’ve written on al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). Here’s a few links readers might find interesting (in reverse chronological order):
- Yesterday Mauritanian forces destroyed an AQIM base in the Wagadou region of western Mali. This attack comes amid deepening military cooperation between Mauritania and Mali (Fr).
- Mauritania and Mali have also accused AQIM of planting landmines in the Mauritania-Mali border zone.
- RFI (Hausa) reports on recent killings of pastoralists in the Mali-Niger borderlands by “gunmen” and notes that there is AQIM activity in this area.
- A Malian newspaper (Fr) says that France hopes to map and control water holes in the desert in order to combat AQIM.
- Kal at The Moor Next Door gives an update on Mauritania that includes discussion of the Mauritanian-Malian joint effort.
- Secretary Hillary Clinton will attend a conference on AQIM in Algeria in September.
- Ennahar and Andrew Lebovich write on the issue of flows of Libyan weapons into AQIM hands.
Heard anything interesting on AQIM lately?