Islamic State in Greater Sahara (ISGS) / Islamic State in the Sahara (ISS) / Islamic State in Burkina Faso & Mali (ISISBM)

30 October 2016 Officially RecognizedFounded by a pedigreed jihadist, and former Movement for the Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) spokesperson, Adnan Abu Walid Sahraoui in May 2015, it a year and five months to be officially recognized by the Islamic State (IS) command from ash Sham.By 31 October 2016 a corresponding Amaq News Agency video was released, Sahraoui looking notably thinner than in prior propaganda.For More on TRAC Incident Report: IS recognized Abu Walid al Sahrawi pledge of allegiance to Baghdadi, Mali - 30 October 2016Areas of OperationThough ISGS repeatedly threatens Morocco, it is unlikely that they have any presence there.  ISGS operates in the border region between Mali and Burkina Faso, with one solo attack claimed in Niger in October 2016.Adnan Abu Walid SahraouiBorn in Laayoune, Sahraoui grew up in the Tindouf camps and studied in Algeria. He was also the former Movement for the Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO)…

Islamic State in Greater Sahara (ISGS) / Islamic State in the Sahara (ISS) / Islamic State in Burkina Faso & Mali (ISISBM) is an active group formed c. 2015.
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