Al- Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb

al Qaeda in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) – (Salafist Group for Preaching and Fighting (see separate entry)

8 years ago

ObjectivesAl-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) is an fundamentalist Islamic militant organization which aims to overthrow the Algerian government and institute an Islamic state. The group declared its intention to attack European, Spanish, French, and American targets but has been more successful in striking North African targets. AQIM has focused on kidnapping for ransom as a means of raising funds and is estimated to have raised more than $50 million in the last decade.  AQIM's predecessor, the GSPC, was founded by Hassan Hattab a former Armed Islamic Group (GIA) regional commander who broke with the GIA in 1998 in protest over the GIA's slaughter of civilians. In early 2013,…

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