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

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, a French-led military intervention into northern Mali halted the southward advance of Islamist insurgents, whose goal was to capture the capital and install a caliphate government. AQIM's principle objectives include ridding North Africa of western…

al Qaeda in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) - (Salafist Group for Preaching and Fighting (see separate entry), also known as Al-Qaida Committee in the Islamic Maghreb, Salafist Group for Call and Combat (GSPC), Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat, al Qaeda Organization in the Islamic Maghreb, Al-Qa’eda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Groupe Salafiste pour la Prédication et le Combat (GSPC), al Qaeda fo Bilad al Maghrib al Islami, Belmokhtar Group (BG), Tanzim al-Qaeda bi Balad al Maghrib al Islami (AQIM), AQLIM, AQIM is an active group formed c. 1998.

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