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Droukdel loses control over AQIM

By Walid Ramzi for Magharebia in Algiers – 19/10/12

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Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) is plagued by divisions, leadership clashes and waning influence, a letter from the terror group leader reveals.

"The organisation is sick," Abdelmalek Droukdel said in a letter published in Algeria's Echorouk on September 11th. "I have done my best to extrapolate the situation in spite of lacking access to information from the brigades and the units."

Algerian security forces seized the letter during a recent arrest of one of the organisation members. He was planning to distribute the message to other AQIM members.

Droukdel, aka Abou Moussaab Abdelouadoud, pinned the blame on "terrorist members that no longer respect the decisions of their emirs". He admitted that the emirs were stripped of all powers and that terrorists were carrying out random and "undisciplined" actions.

He noted "the fragility of the situation and the low morale among many of its members, and discontent with the emirs who are considered to be responsible for the situation".

The organisation suffers from instability, internal problems as well as regulatory gaps due to lack of co-ordination and poorly defined responsibilities, the letter read.

Droukdel considered the acumen of security forces and their vigilance good enough to reduce the activity of the members. He pointed particularly to security barriers and the use of explosive detectors at all checkpoints, "which rendered movements and terrorist operations difficult".

"The previous phase witnessed the elimination of a large number of field leaders, who had an effective role in the activation and implementation of our plans and their provisions," he said in the letter.

In addition, the emir acknowledged that members of the terrorist organisation had conducted suspicious activities, which should be abandoned temporarily to earn "popular support". He also called for punishing terrorist elements that refuse to carry out criminal activities, an explicit recognition that members of the organisation are no longer convinced of what they are doing.

This is not the first time that an al-Qaeda leader has admitted loss of influence over his members. Yet this time the confessions took a larger dimension since they coincided with a decline in terrorist operations, already in limited areas only. Security forces have thwarted a number of al-Qaeda activities lately.

Abdelkader Ben Messaoud, alias Moussaab Abu Daoud who headed Region 9 (Sahara), confirmed this internal strife in "The letter of advice and clarification to Algerian youth". He stated that the armed organisation is divided into two wings, the salafist current and the "exodus and ex-communication". Each one is trying to control the other.

He cited the example of the fierce rivalry between "Tariq ibn Ziyad" katibat boss Abdelhamid Abou Zeid and Mokhtar Belmokhtar, or "Laaouar", who runs the El Moulethemine battalion. The former took control of the situation, which forced Laaouar to halt armed action. Reports circulated that Belmokhtar intended to surrender to Algerian authorities.

The content of Droukdel's letter intersected with statements made by AQIM Political Committee chief Abu Abdallah Ahmad in an audio recording broadcast, recently by a site close to the organisation.

In this conversation, he said that the "Tawhid wal Jihad" group is composed of AQIM splinter members, thereby confirming the existence of differences and leadership rifts among the leaders of the jihadist salafist organisation in the Sahel.

Ahmad admitted the failures of al-Qaeda propaganda, blaming them on a "lack of educated members able to write in a proper manner". Security operations conducted by the army dealt a heavy to the organisation, he acknowledged.

Earlier this month, Droukdel designated Al Vourghan brigade chief Jemal Oukacha, alias Yahya Abou El Hammam, as the new Sahara emir. The news came one month after former emir Nabil Makhloufi, alias Nabil Abu Alqama, was killed in a car crash between Gao and Timbuktu in Mali.

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    عبد الباري بلخيري 2013-7-30

    Who's looking for a challenge? Come to El Jorf mountain, we are waiting for you.


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    عبد الباري بلخيري 2013-7-30

    We are with Jihad, God is the greatest, no surrender, and no compassion for these oppressors!


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    عبد الباري بلخيري 2013-7-30

    By God, I agree with Abdelmalek. We are in Labith mountain, we control the army which usurped our rights. God willing we will defeat the army. We will carry out a planning operation in the province of Tibessa to thwart the army. Star of Al Qaeda.


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    abou seid 2012-10-22

    These dogs should get off the planet. The solution is an intervention to continue the fight against terrorism and armed groups in general throughout the world so that the world may live in peace.


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    Fekou 2012-10-21

    “Terrorist members no longer respect the decisions of their emirs,” wrote Droukdel in a letter worthy of Kafka. No, this is not literature for the mediocre polar, Vaudeville theatre or a very bad fiction film.; it is just the prose of Western propaganda on Al-Qaida’s terrorism put into the mouth of Droukdel, the self-proclaimed AQIM emir. (Or appointed by whom? It is a mystery.) What decadence it is if the criminals no longer respect the hierarchy! What scandal! There are no more morals. If we were not in the midst of tragedy, I would say that there is something to bowl us over with laughter here. But, there you have it, it is not a subject to laugh about! These are innocent lives that are cruelly cut short for certain persons’ dividends. The most affected are the Islamists, the emirs of human degradation, the object of the Wahhabi monarchs, who are themselves the toys of Judeo-Christian imperialism.


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    "amadeus africanus"... 2012-10-21

    This infamous fish soup intrinsic to Al-Qaida, the privileged subject of the agencies under orders, demonstrates two things: first, the attempt by the concerned Western hegemonic interests to occupy the media space for camouflaging their very serious problems by managing their peoples' affairs, who are all about to implode; and, second, that these interests so up to date on the internal grub of Al-Qaida that they clearly do far more than analyse and track it. Let us add to this, finally, that Africans form the Third World in general no longer believe a single treacherous word from these media and agencies under Western control, and for good reason!!! Everyone knows their religion! God is enough for us and is our only authority!


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    zaoui 2012-10-20

    The situation in the Sahal is more volcanic than ever. We are moving to an Afghanisation of the Sahel, with an alliance between all the terrorist organizations, which will give grounds to possible foreign intervention, and complicate things, even though a peaceful and diplomatic solution remains the best. Any interference in Mali is going to find itself faced with a nameless, "address-less" war, and the situation is going to spread over the West African countries, members of ECOWAS. They are going to experience insecurity, and terrorist acts are going to take place and extend further than the member countries of ECOWAS looking out for France’s interests. This strategy was long ago programmed with the help of the Burkinabe regime that was implicated through its support in the organisation of a terrorist army with Ansar Eddine at the head of the terrorist organisation. This was the work of Blaise Compaoré’s regime and Mustapha Oul Imam Echafiai who is Blaise Compaorés personal counselor and confidant. Mustpaha has direct ties with AQIM and MUJAO, which is under AQIM.