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)
FACTION; Armed Islamic Group (GIA) is also known as Groupe Islamique Armé (GIA), Al-Jama'ah al-Islamiyah al-Musallah, Groupe Islamique Armee', Al-Jama'ah al-Islamiyah al-Musallah, Green Khmer, Groupe Islamique Arme, Groupement Islamique Arme, Jama'a Islamiya Moussalaha.
FOUNDING ORGANIZATION; Armed Islamic Group (GIA) is also known as Groupe Islamique Armé (GIA), Al-Jama'ah al-Islamiyah al-Musallah, Groupe Islamique Armee', Al-Jama'ah al-Islamiyah al-Musallah, Green Khmer, Groupe Islamique Arme, Groupement Islamique Arme, Jama'a Islamiya Moussalaha.
FORMER ALLY; Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) is also known as Fighting Islamic Group, Libyan Fighting Group, Libyan Islamic Group, LIFG, Al-Jama’a al-Islamiyyah al-Muqatilah, Al-Jama’a al-Islamiyyah al-Muqatilah bi-Libya, Libyan Islamic Movement (name changed in 2011), al-Harakat al-Islamiya al-Libiya, The Libyan Islamic Killing Group.
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