Media as a Weapon: Al Qaeda fii Al Islamiya Maghreb


By Brandon Scott

Written in 2010

Algeria, 0930 hours, December 11th 2007: A suicide bomber blows the front off a building that was home to the Algeria’s Constitutional Council. Barely ten minutes later, another bomber attacked a United Nations building using a “truck containing 1,800 pounds of explosives” effectively leveling part of the structure. The death total was forty-two people,”including 17 U.N. employees” with another 158 other injured courtesy of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb or AQIM.[i] Read More

AQIM Leader’s Expense Reports & Unanswered Phone

This article is too great to pass up. Just saw it today on Huffington Post. It details how Al Qaeda office politics led to Mokhtar Belmokhtar‘s successful rise as the Chief of AQIM. It is good to know disgruntled workers exist on both sides of the war. Best quote ever “In page after scathing page, they described how he didn’t answer his phone when they called, failed to turn in his expense reports, ignored meetings and refused time and again to carry out orders.”