Movement of Sons of the Sahara for Islamic Justice (MSIJ)

Movement of Sons of the Sahara for Islamic Justice (MSIJ) allegedly spearheaded the "Signers in Blood" attack on the BP gas plant in In Amenas, Algeria, January 2013.  Disfranchised with al Qaeda,  broke away from both Monotheism and Jihad Movement in West Africa (MUJAO) and the Masked Battalion.Areas of OperationIn 2013 MSIJ moved its area of operations to northern Niger and western Libya up to the south-eastern border of Algeria after the French took over the Azawad region.  In the May 2013 video, the group's leader Abdessalam Termoun stressed that he and his group were in the Azdjer Mountain, Tassili n Ajjer region east of Djanet.In May 2013, Sons of the Sahara for Islamic Justice [Arabic: harakat abna al-sahra min ajl al-adalah al-islamiyah] released a video declaring war on the Algerian authorities.CompositionEstimated at more than 100 cadre, many of MSIJ members are defectors from MUJAO.  The group membership includes Libyans,…

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