2012 According to a Wall Street Journal article, the group centers on Muhammad Jamal Abu Ahmad -- who is known by the nom de guerre Abu Ahmad al-Masri -- a militant who had been incarcerated in Egypt prior to the Arab Spring uprisings, which saw many prisons emptied. Ahmad is a locally based militant, and fighters under his command, who may have trained at his camps in the Libyan desert, took part in the Benghazi attack, according to U.S. officials. Ahmad has tried to officially connect with the global jihadi network, petitioning al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri for an official relationship. Jamal developed connections with al Qaeda's senior leadership, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, and al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's (AQAP) leadership. Among Jamal's AQAP connections are Nasir al Wuhayshi, the emir of the group who also serves as al Qaeda's general manager, and Qasim al Raymi, the al Qaeda affiliate's co-founder and military commander. Jamal corresponded…
Jamal Network (MJN)
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