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date: 01 April 2020

al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) 

A Dictionary of African Politics

Nic Cheeseman,

Eloïse Bertrand,

Sa’eed Husaini

An Islamic militant movement that began activities in the late 1990s and is affiliated with al-Qaeda. Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb was founded in Algeria—aiming to overthrow the government in order to instigate an Islamic state—but also operates in the Sahara and Sahel regions. The organization was known as the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat prior to ... ...

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