Published on 19 May 2011

Al Qaeda without Ben Laden

Al Qaeda without Ben Laden

Since the death of its founder, the Jihadist Al Qaeda movement has lost most of its influence in Afghanistan and Pakistan, only to rise strongly in Yemen and the Sahel region. In South Yemen, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) fights it out with American special forces and spirits its militants into Saudi Arabia. As for Al Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQMI), the movement's branch operating in and around Mali and Niger, it doesn't hesitate to take on governments in the region and even France, holding six of its hostages.

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YEMEN 18/05/2011

Bin Laden’s would-be successors

Saudi Arabia’s General Security Service, which is at the forefront of operations against Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), [...]

SAUDI ARABIA 13/04/2011


The GSS, the Saudi Arabian Interior Ministry's counterterrorism service, has [...]


AQIM back in touch with French

The lastest message from Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, reported by AFP on March 21, is encouraging for the [...]

YEMEN 02/02/2011

Al Qaeda talks to Houthis

Faced with a triple insurrection - in the north by [...]

FRANCE 19/01/2011

Sarkozy’s AQIM frustrations

The French authorities do not have the upper hand over AQIM, and they are worried about the political consequences in France. [...]

FRANCEMALI 15/12/2010

AQIM ‘s counter-measures

Anti terrorism experts are pondering the usefulness of the French [...]


Sahel hostage conundrum

Paris is struggling to fathom the internal functioning of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), to facilitate the release of the five Areva workers taken hostage in Niger. [...]

Bara Lobbies Against Paying Ransom

An adviser to president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Kamel Rezag Bara, is doing his utmost to discourage countries whose nationals have been [...]

KUWAIT 17/11/2010

Battle plan against AQAP

In a secret meeting in Kuwait city, the Gulf states’ interior ministers thrashed out a plan to combat Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). [...]



The CIA could soon carry out covert operations against Al [...]

GSS infiltrates Al Qaeda

Saudi intelligence was behind the interception of two parcel bombs in Dubai and London, thanks to the work of Riyadh’s moles inside Al Qaeda. [...]

CHAD West Africa Newsletter 27/10/2010

AQIM comes up against Toubou ex-rebels

The arrest of suspected members of the terrorist organisation by Chad's MDJT demonstrates the ex-rebellion's hostility towards radical Islamists. [...]

YEMEN 20/10/2010

A Saudi in charge of AQAP

Saudi Arabian Said Al-Shahri, previously the organisation’s number two, has [...]

BURKINA FASO West Africa Newsletter 13/10/2010

Beth brothers versus AQMI

The Burkinabe authorities have enlisted their envoys and two French generals in their search for the seven Areva and Satom employees kidnapped in Arlit on September 16. [...]

Moqrin Bin Abdelaziz

Moqrin Bin Abdelaziz, the director of the General Intelligence Directorate [...]

YEMEN 08/09/2010

Separatists and jihadists join forces

A coalition of elements of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and southern secessionist tribes have been jointly fighting Yemeni [...]

YEMEN 25/08/2010

Counting al Qaeda

The Gulf intelligence services believe that a maximum of 150 [...]

YEMEN 07/07/2010

Saleh puts tribes in charge of security

Struggling to deal with Houthi rebels in the north of the country, Al Qaeda in the east and separatists in the South, Yemen’s president Ali Abdullah Saleh has engaged local tribes to help him maintain security. [...]

YEMEN 23/06/2010

Sana'a overrun by jihadists

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula managed to liberate a group of its activists held prisoner in the South Yemen capital. The movement has the support of tribes in the east. [...]

FRANCE 09/06/2010

Sahel hostage circuit

Al Qaeda in Islamic North Africa is using the north of Mali as a staging post. The Touareg opposition accuses Bamako of collusion with the jihadist organisation. [...]

SAUDI ARABIA 09/06/2010

Al Qaeda's women in Riyadh

Profiting from the isolation of women in Saudi Arabian society, the jihadist organisation is turning more and more to female recruits to carry out its missions in the kingdom. [...]

FRANCE 24/02/2010

All in the Al Qaeda family

Emir Abdelmalek Droukdel, alias Abou Moussab Abdelwadoud, is not alone [...]


Al Qaeda's Leadership Line-Up

The Islamic radicals who took refuge in Yemen now see the entire world as their battleground. [...]

SAUDI ARABIA 09/12/2009

Riyadh Seeks Excuses for Setbacks in Yemen

After accusing Iran, Saudi Arabia is now explaining away the tough resistance of Houti rebels by claiming they have forged an alliance with Jihadist movements. [...]

YEMEN 15/04/2009

M. Rashad al Masri

Appointed Yemen's interior minister by president Ali Abdallah Saleh, with [...]

SAUDI ARABIA 18/02/2009

Holding Back Al Qaeda's Third Wave

In the wake of Al Qaeda's return to Yemen, which was widely covered in the press, Saudi and Yemeni intelligence are working on a counter-attack. [...]

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