AQIM's Djamel Okacha, a.k.a Yahya Abu al-Hamman, successor to Abu Zeid

On 24 March 2013, a day after the French government confirmed the death of Abu Zeid, the veteran fighter and leader of the Tariq Ibn Zyad brigade, security sources in Algeria leaked to Ennahar TV that his succession was settled.  According to this unnamed source, Yahya Abu al-Hamman, historic leader of the al-Forkane brigade and Emir of the Sahara since September 2012, will succeed Abu Zeid, who was killed in a French bombardment of the Ifoghas mountains in late February 2013.  This announcement should still be viewed cautiously as al Qaeda in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has not officially released any information regarding either the death of Abu Zeid or a possible successor.  If true, what does this nomination mean?For More on Policy Making within Transnational Terrorist OrganizationsMulti-faceted Operator, Successful Fighter, and LogisticianIn spite of his young age, Yahya Abu al-Hamman, 34, is a veteran of the Algerian and international jihad.…

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Pascale Combelles Siegel runs a consultancy firm, Insight Through Analysis, specializing in strategic influence in support of peace, stabilization, and counter-terrorism operations. Most recently...